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Charleston Man Indicted For Impersonating A Federal Law Enforcement Officer

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of West Virginia

CHARLESTON, W. Va. – A federal grand jury today charged John E. Swain II, of Charleston, with falsely assuming and pretending to be a federal law enforcement officer. According to the grand jury’s indictment, Swain impersonated a United States Deputy Marshal on April 14, 2014, in Charleston.

If convicted, Swain faces up to three years’ incarceration and a $250,000 fine.

The United States Marshals Service and the Kanawha County Sheriff’s Department conducted theinvestigation.  Assistant United States Attorney Erik S. Goes is in charge of the prosecution. 

Note: An indictment is only an accusation, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

Updated January 7, 2015