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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Southern District of New York

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, April 11, 2014

Bronx Man Pleads Guilty In White Plains Federal Court To Five Counts Of Impersonating A Federal Agent

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and Terence S. Opiola, the Special Agent in Charge, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR) Northeast, announced today that CARL OSBORNE pled guilty to five counts of impersonating a federal officer in order to detain others. OSBORNE pled guilty in White Plains Federal Court before United States District Judge Cathy Seibel.

Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara stated: “The public needs to know that the men and women of law enforcement who are authorized can be trusted to do the vital jobs they carry out for us every day. Carl Osborne’s criminal actions of impersonating federal agents to stop motorists put himself and others in harm’s way and cannot be tolerated.”

Special Agent in Charge Terence S. Opiola of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR) Northeast, stated: “The men and women who have legitimately earned the badges they wear have sworn an oath to protect and defend this nation. Imposters who purport themselves to be special agents and officers of the law undermine the public trust and prey on the vulnerable. This conduct will never be tolerated and all individuals engaged in these acts will be brought to justice.”

According to the criminal Information and related court proceedings:

Between August 2012 and May 2013, on five separate occasions, OSBORNE, who was not an officer of the United States, represented himself to be a federal agent of the United States Department of Homeland Security. In the guise of a federal officer, complete with fake uniform, credentials and phony gun, and driving a vehicle equipped with lights and sirens, OSBORNE pulled over several vehicles in the Bronx and Westchester County.

OSBORNE, 37, of the Bronx, New York, pled guilty to five counts of impersonating a federal agent or officer and detaining individuals. All five counts carry a maximum term of 3 years in prison and a maximum fine of $250,000 or twice the gross gain or loss from the offense. The maximum potential sentences are prescribed by Congress and are provided here for informational purposes only, as any sentencing of the defendant will be determined by the judge. The sentencing before Judge Seibel is scheduled for July 18, 2014.

Mr. Bharara praised the outstanding investigative work of the Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement Office of Professional Responsibility.

The prosecution is being handled by the Office’s White Plains Division. Assistant United States Attorney Daniel P. Filor is in charge of the prosecution.

U.S. v. Carl Osborne Information

Press Release Number: 
14-106
Updated May 18, 2015