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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, July 20, 2016

District Man Pleads Guilty to Federal Charge For Impersonating a Congressional Chief of Staff

Defendant Sought Special Treatment From a Restaurant and Football Team

     WASHINGTON – Jarrett Lewis, 35, pled guilty today to a federal charge stemming from his impersonation of the chief of staff of a member of Congress, announced U.S. Attorney Channing D. Phillips and Matthew R. Verderosa, Chief of the U.S. Capitol Police.

     Lewis, of Washington, D.C., pled guilty in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia to a charge of false personation of an employee or officer of the United States. The charge carries a statutory maximum of three years in prison and potential financial penalties. Under federal sentencing guidelines, Lewis could face up to six months in prison and a fine. The Honorable Rudolph Contreras scheduled sentencing for Oct. 13, 2016.

     According to a statement of offense submitted as part of the plea, from September 2014 through May 2015, Lewis falsely claimed to be a chief of staff for the Honorable John Lewis, a member of the U.S. House of Representatives. He did so to request admission and special privileges at a high-end restaurant, bar and lounge in Miami’s South Beach area and to seek field passes from the Washington Redskins for a football game. The scheme came to the attention of Congressman Lewis’s actual chief of staff, and led to a law enforcement investigation.

     In announcing the plea, U.S. Attorney Phillips and Chief Verderosa commended the work of those who investigated the case from the U.S. Capitol Police. They also acknowledged the efforts of those who worked on the case at the U.S. Attorney’s Office, including Assistant U.S. Attorney Mervin A. Bourne, Jr., who is prosecuting the matter.

Press Release Number: 
16-137
Updated July 21, 2016