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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, October 8, 2015

Grand Jury Returns Indictment Charging Layton Man With Impersonating Federal Officer To Get Vip Tickets

        SALT LAKE CITY – A federal grand jury returned a two-count indictment Wednesday afternoon charging Jonathon M. Wall, age 29, of Layton with impersonation of a federal officer in connection with an attempt to get VIP tickets to the Salt Lake Comic Con.

        The indictment alleges Wall pretended to be a Special Agent of the Air Force Office of Special Investigations (AFOSI) and, in that pretended character, demanded VIP tickets to the event under the ruse that he was entering the VIP area to apprehend a wanted fugitive.  Wall’s alleged conduct attracted the attention of a retired Salt Lake City police officer working security at the event. The security officer questioned Wall about AFOSI and what fugitive he was looking for.  The security officer notified AFOSI special agents, who came to question Wall.

        The indictment also alleges one count of making a false statement to a federal agent.

        The maximum potential penalty for impersonating a federal officer is three years in prison.  The penalty for making a false statement to a federal agent is five years in prison.  Each count also includes a potential fine of $250,000. A summons will be issued to Wall to appear for an initial appearance on the charge.

        Indictments are not findings of guilt.  Individuals charged in indictments are innocent unless or until proven guilty in court.

Updated January 8, 2016