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Northern District of Florida

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Bay County Woman Sentenced for Impersonating a Law Enforcement Officer

PANAMA CITY, FLORIDA – Marcia Dawn Lowery, 41, of Parker, Florida, was sentenced to four and a half months in federal prison by United States District Judge Richard Smoak for impersonating a federal law enforcement officer.  The sentence was announced by Pamela C. Marsh, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Florida.

Between September and October 2014, Lowery resided at the Smuggler’s Cove residential complex (the “complex”) in Bay County where she posed as a Deputy United States Marshal.  Lowery told residents in the complex that she working undercover.  To further her impersonation, Lowery walked around the complex wearing a t-shirt with the word “POLICE” on it.

While posing as a Deputy United States Marshal, Lowery: (1) told a resident in the complex that Lowery would arrest the resident’s children for their bad behavior and take them to juvenile detention; (2) told a resident in the complex that the resident was in Lowery’s protective custody because of the resident’s outstanding arrest warrant from Tennessee; (3) told a resident, who was on probation, that Lowery would get the resident’s conviction expunged if the resident provided Lowery with the names of his drug sources, which he did; and (4) based on her representations that she was a Deputy United States Marshal, obtained extensions on her rent, which went unpaid and resulted in a loss to the complex of approximately $1500.

The case was investigated by the United States Marshals Service, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Parker Police Department, and the Bay County Sheriff’s Office.  The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Gayle E. Littleton.

The United States Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Florida is one of 94 offices that serve as the nation’s principal litigators under the direction of the Attorney General.  The office strives to protect and serve the citizens of the Northern District of Florida through the ethical, vigorous, and impartial enforcement of the laws of the United States, to defend the national security, to improve the safety and quality of life in our communities through the protection of civil rights, and to protect the public funds and financial assets of the United States.  To access available public court documents online, please visit the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida website.  For more information about the United States Attorney’s Office, Northern District of Florida, visit

Updated May 7, 2015