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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of Missouri

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Wentzville Man Indicted for Impersonating an FBI Agent

St. Louis, MO – Mark Van Ronzelen, 45, of Wentzville, was arrested today on an indictment charging him with impersonation of a Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) special agent and possession of a fraudulent FBI identification card. 

The indictment alleges that on March 5, 2018, Van Ronzelen followed J.W.’s vehicle to J.W.’s residence and displayed to J.W. a fraudulent FBI identification card and law enforcement badge.  Van Ronzelen advised J.W. that he was employed by the FBI.

If convicted, false impersonation of an officer carries a maximum penalty of 3 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.  Possession of a fake government-issued card or badge carries a maximum penalty of 6 months in prison and a fine of $5,000.  In determining the actual sentence, a judge is required to consider the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines, which provides recommended sentencing ranges.

The FBI encourages anyone who has any information concerning this investigation to contact the FBI at 314-589-2500.

This case is being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Jennifer Roy is handling the case for the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

As is always the case, charges set forth in an indictment are merely accusations and do not constitute proof of guilt.  Every defendant is presumed to be innocent unless and until proven guilty. 

Violent Crime
Updated April 5, 2018