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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Northern District of Ohio

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Rossford Man Charged With Imperonating ATF Special Agent

An indictment was filed charging Brent North, age 47, of Rossford, Ohio, with with creating false federal law enforcement credentials and impersonating a federal law enforcement agent, said Steven M. Dettelbach, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio.

On Jan. 14, 2011, North produced a false credentials identifying himsealf as a Special Agent of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, according to the indictment.

On Dec. 8, 2012, North falsely stated he was a Special Agent of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives on consequently received favorable lease terms on a residential property in Oregon, Ohio, according to the indictment.

If convicted, the defendant’s sentence will be determined by the Court after reviewing factors unique to this case, including the defendant’s prior criminal record, if any, the defendant’s role in the offense and the characteristics of the violation.  In all cases the sentence will not exceed the statutory maximum and in most cases it will be less than the maximum.

The investigating agency in this case is the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Toledo, Ohio.  The case is being handled by Assistant United States Attorney Gene Crawford.

An indictment is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt.  Defendants are entitled to a fair trial in which it will be the government’s burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

Updated March 12, 2015