ST. LOUIS (CN) – A Washington, Mo., man was indicted on federal charges of impersonating law enforcement officers and fraud. Law enforcement officials in Gerald, Mo., apparently bought the scam and allowed him to participate in and make arrests in seven residential searches.
Prosecutors say Bill Anthony Jakob, 36, impersonated officers of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency, and the U.S. States Department of Justice Multi Jurisdictional Narcotics Task Force and/or as a U.S. Marshal.
Jakob also posed as a contracting officer for the Army Corps of Engineers while he worked at Total Lock & Security Co., where he falsely reported that he had negotiated three contracts for electronic locksets with the Corps of Engineers, the complaint states. Jakob allegedly set up a phony email account and assumed the identity of two Corps of Engineers officers, damaging Total Lock by $500,000.
Jakob faces 23 felony counts, including wire fraud, mail fraud, false impersonation, 18 counts of false impersonation in making arrests and residential searches, and making false statements to the FBI. He faces more than 100 years in prison and millions of dollars in fines if convicted of all charges. Gerald is 70 miles southwest of St. Louis.