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Medford Man Arrested for Impersonating a U.S. Marshal

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

BOSTON - A Medford man was arrested today for impersonating a United States Marshal.

Gordon Malyerck, 68, was arrested and appeared in court today in connection with an incident in which he allegedly impersonated a United States Marshal on July 7, 2015, at Middlesex Fells Reservation.  Charges were filed on July 15, and unsealed today after Malyerck’s arrest.

According to court documents, Malyerck, wearing a shirt with the USMS badge on the pocket, approached a Park Ranger and falsely identified himself as a Deputy U.S. Marshal.  Without further inquiry from the Park Ranger, Malyerck produced his “USMS credentials” and claimed that he had recently been deputized as a U.S. Marshal at a ceremony in Washington, D.C.  Malyerck, who carried an exposed .38 caliber handgun on his waistband at the time of the incident, suggested that Park Rangers be armed and deputized.  Additionally, Malyerck noted that he had seen young women running around in the park and that he would take action if he observed an attack.

When approached by federal agents on July 14, Malyerck admitted to possessing credentials and advised law enforcement officials that he had been deputized by a Deputy U.S. Marshal in Baltimore.  Law enforcement learned that the Baltimore agent had not “deputized” Malyerck, but had sent him an item with the U.S. Marshal insignia.

Malyerck was released with conditions and is set to appear in federal court on July 27 for a probable cause hearing.

United States Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz and United States Marshal John Gibbons made the announcement today.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney David G. Tobin of Ortiz’s Major Crimes Unit.

The details contained in the charging document are allegations.  The defendant is presumed to be innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in the court of law.

Updated July 21, 2015