Countless fans have pledged to beg, borrow or steal to get their hands on VIP passes. But how many would go far as to impersonate a federal law enforcement officer?
A federal grand jury handed down an indictment Wednesday against a Utah man accused of posing as an agent with the Air Force Office of Special Investigations in order to gain VIP access to last month’s Salt Lake Comic Con.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office for Utah alleges that 29-year-old Jonathon M. Wall “demanded VIP tickets to the event under the ruse that he was entering the VIP area to apprehend a wanted fugitive.” However, Wall apparently drew the suspicion of a retired Salt Lake City police officer who was providing security at the convention.
When Wall couldn’t satisfactorily answer questions about the AFOSI and the alleged fugitive, the security guard notified actual AFOSI agents, who arrived to question the suspect themselves.
Wall is charged with one count of impersonating a federal officer, which could lead up to three years in prison, and one count of making a false statement to a federal agent, which carries a penalty of up to five years. Each count also carries a potential fine of $250,000.
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