Man posed as federal agent to dodge debt

Oct. 20, 2011 at 6:53 PM

ST. LOUIS, Oct. 20 (UPI) -- A St. Louis man pleaded guilty in court to impersonating a federal officer.

Mark B. Chartrand, 41, also admitted Wednesday to pretending to be a secret counter-terrorism agent to avoid repaying more than $100,000 he borrowed from his girlfriend, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Tom Albus said the woman asked for repayment in 2008 when she was in "desperate financial straits."

Instead of repaying his girlfriend, Chartrand told her he was a "clandestine counter-terrorism operative" and was deployed overseas on a mission for the Defense Intelligence Agency and the Department of Homeland Security, Albus said.

Chartrand told her he would be paid more than $1 million in 2010 for his service, which was "completely fabricated, false and fraudulent," Albus said.

Chartrand, scheduled to be sentenced in January, faces six to 12 months in prison and will also have to repay the money.

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