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Three men carrying false identification were denied access to the federal courthouse in downtown Miami Thursday. They attempted to enter at multiple vehicle check-points until security guards recognized one of the men and immediately contacted deputies from the U.S. Marshals Service.
The men used badges that resembled those from three different federal agencies, including a U.S. Marshal badge, but within seconds of examining the badges, security guards knew they were fraudulent.
Once the men were detained, officers searched their vehicle and discovered other fraudulent law enforcement clothing.
One man was arrested and could face charges by the U.S. Attorney’s Office, according to the U.S. Marshal. It is not clear what happened to the two other two.
“The person that was arrested was known by U.S. Marshal services and the judicial security at the courthouse, so they were aware of the individual already prior to the courthouse impersonation,” a Marshal’s spokesman said.
According to the Legal Information Institute, a non-profit arm of Cornell Law School, anyone who falsely assumes or pretends to be an officer or employee acting under the authority of the United States or any department could be imprisoned.
The case has since been turned over to the federal protective services.
Officials said there was no clear motive and did not know if the men were armed.
The man who was arrested will appear in federal court at 1:30 p.m. Friday.
The names of the alleged impersonators have not been released by law enforcement.