A 52-year-old Florida man has been charged with false impersonation of a federal officer. He faces a maximum penalty of 3 years in federal prison if convicted.
According to court documents, on July 31, 2023, a Marion County Sheriff’s Office deputy stopped Derry Wayne Lambert, 52, Belleview, driving his personally owned truck.
Investigators say the man’s truck had no agency insignia but was equipped with red and blue flashing lights, a Public Address (PA) system, and an audible siren.
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A firearm was later recovered from the vehicle’s center console.
Lambert, who was wearing a hat with the phrase “Police U. S Marshal,” explained to the deputy that he was with the United States Marshals Service and was investigating gang activity in Marion Oaks.
Lambert also presented a false United States Marshals Service badge.
A record check showed that Lambert was not a federal law enforcement officer.
This case was investigated by the Marion County Sheriff’s Office and the United States Marshals Service. It will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Sarah Janette Swartzberg.
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