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Cedar Park Man Sentenced to Prison for Impersonating an FBI Agent

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of Texas

WACO – A Cedar Park man was sentenced today to 12 months in prison for impersonating a federal  officer in order to obtain Fentanyl patches.

According to court documents, on June 29, 2021, Jonathan Jefferson Ferris, 53, was found guilty by a federal jury of two counts of impersonating a federal officer. 

Evidence presented during trial revealed that on multiple occasions in July and August 2019, Ferris entered a pharmacy in Temple looking to fill an out-of-state prescription for Fentanyl patches.  Ferris always identified himself to the pharmacy employee as an out-of-town FBI agent on temporary assignment.  Ferris wore a lanyard with a fake FBI identification card attached and used fraudulent documentation purportedly from the FBI to support his request for filling the Fentanyl prescriptions.

U.S. Attorney Ashley C. Hoff of the Western District of Texas and FBI Special Agent in Charge Christopher Combs made the announcement.

The FBI Central Texas Violent Crime Task Force conducted this investigation together with investigators from DEA Diversion and the Cedar Park Police Department.  The success of this investigation would not have been possible without the invaluable work and dedication of an FBI Task Force Officer from the Temple Police Department.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Mark Frazier prosecuted the case.


Updated February 17, 2022

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