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Press Release

Toano Man Pleads Guilty to Impersonating a Federal Agent

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Virginia

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – Luis Latorre-Roman II, 41, of Toano, pleaded guilty today to charges of false impersonation of a federal agent.

According to the statement of facts filed with the plea agreement, Latorre-Roman II is described as having appeared as a witness at a sentencing in the Circuit Court of James City County on February 24.  After being sworn, Latorre-Roman II claimed to be a Special Agent with the Department of Homeland Security.  He provided this testimony in an effort to persuade the Circuit Court Judge to impose a lesser sentence on the defendant in that proceeding. Latorre-Roman has never been a Special Agent with the Department of Homeland Security.

Latorre-Roman II was indicted by a federal grand jury on May 10, and faces a maximum penalty of three years in prison sentenced on October 3. The maximum statutory sentence is prescribed by Congress and is provided here for informational purposes, as the sentencing of the defendant will be determined by the court based on the advisory Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

Dana J. Boente, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, and Michael K. Lamonea, Assistant Special Agent in Charge of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Norfolk, made the announcement after the plea was accepted by U.S. Magistrate Judge Douglas E. Miller. Assistant U.S. Attorney Eric M. Hurt is prosecuting the case.

A copy of this press release may be found on the website of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia.  Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia or on PACER by searching for Case No. 4:16-cr-47.

Updated June 23, 2016