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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Minnesota

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, November 16, 2017

Saint Louis Park Man Pleads Guilty To Impersonating An FBI Officer

Acting United States Attorney Gregory G. Brooker today announced the guilty plea of ARON AVRAM SHAMILOV, 24, for impersonating a federal officer. SHAMILOV, who was indicted on September 19, pleaded guilty on November 13, 2017, before United States District Judge Susan Richard Nelson in Saint Paul, Minn. A sentencing hearing is scheduled for March 16, 2018.

 

According to his guilty plea and documents filed in court, on March 29, 2017, SHAMILOV submitted to an apartment leasing office a letter purportedly authored by a Special Agent of the FBI in support of the defendant’s attempt to lease an apartment. The letter, which was intended to explain SHAMILOV’S low credit score, falsely stated that SHAMILOV was the victim of identity theft. The fabricated letter included the FBI seal and was purportedly authored by a Special Agent of the Minneapolis Division of the FBI, and falsely stated that the Special Agent had been assigned to investigate SHAMILOV’S identity theft case. On May 2, 2017, the property manager of the apartment complex contacted the FBI Minneapolis Division to verify the validity of the letter. After reviewing the letter, the FBI informed the property manager that the letter was not genuine.

 

This case is the result of an investigation conducted by the FBI.

 

Assistant United States Attorneys Charles J. Kovats and Timothy C. Rank are prosecuting the case.

 

 

Defendant Information:

 

ARON AVRAM SHAMILOV, 24

St. Louis Park, Minn.

 

Convicted:

  • Impersonation of an Officer or Employee of the United States, 1 count
     

 

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Updated November 16, 2017