Michigan State Police say they recently uncovered a couple involved in unusual criminal activity about 200 miles north of Ann Arbor. MSP said the woman “presented herself as a special agent with the FBI” and her partner worked with her to commit extortion.
Law enforcement officials said the woman posed as an FBI agent to help the man reclaim a car from a woman he knows. The two suspects were arrested for extortion and other felonies.
According to a news report, the man accused of extortion called an acquaintance and asked to reclaim a vehicle. When the acquaintance declined, the woman got on the phone, pretending to be an FBI agent.
A Michigan State Police spokesperson said, “The gentleman puts a female on the phone and she interjects and says she’s a special agent with the FBI and she’s going to arrest her if she doesn’t turn this over and she needs to give this to him.”
According to the MSP spokesperson, the acquaintance suspected that the call was not truly from the FBI. She then contacted state police. MSP suggested that the acquaintance meet the “FBI agent” at a Gaylord business.
When the woman allegedly pretending to be an agent showed up and identified herself as a federal law enforcement officer, she was taken into custody by police. The man MSP believes is her partner was arrested a short time later at his home.
Though the news report was scant on details on the criminal charges in the case, it did note that the suspects “face multiple felony charges and each could face up to 20 years in prison if convicted.”
If you or a loved one faces a white collar crime allegation, speak with an experienced criminal defense attorney before you talk to investigators or prosecutors.