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Famous Impostor Charged With Being an Impostor

Man who inspired movie accused of identity theft again

(Newser) - Police investigating bad checks say they found much more: A Detroit-area impostor who inspired a 1989 award-winning film was posing like someone else—again. William Street Jr., 64, was charged in federal court with fraud and identity theft after he was found with documents and a white doctor's coat... More »

Man Arrested in Highway Deaths Didn't Pose as Cop

James Willie had gun used in murders in his possession: Mississippi police

(Newser) - Last night, word was police had detained a suspected police impostor following two murders on Mississippi highways; he hadn't been charged. Now they're holding another man on kidnapping, assault, and rape charges, with capital murder charges forthcoming in the case, the AP reports. Authorities say James Willie, 28,... More »

Mississippi Police Hold Suspected Impersonator

He has not been charged

(Newser) - Police in Mississippi have taken into a custody a man suspected of posing as a police officer in the wake of two fatal shootings , report WLBT3 and WJTV12 of Jackson. Police detained a 45-year-old Yazoo City man after two more motorists reported being pulled over last night. Both drivers got... More »

Miss. Cops to Drivers: Don't Pull Over for Flashing Lights

It may be fake cop behind highway murders

(Newser) - If you're in Mississippi and a car with flashing lights tries to pull you over, just keep driving, police say. Two people were shot dead near their cars in the space of a few days, and investigators suspect somebody impersonating a police officer could be to blame . "If... More »

Fake Cop Blamed in Mississippi Murders

Coroner: This stuff is TV-worthy

(Newser) - Police are stumped as to who's behind a pair of Mississippi highway murders, but they have some ideas: The killer could be a police impostor, they say. Over the course of three days, two people were separately found dead in their cars—both on the sides of highways, Reuters... More »

Cops: Imposter Posed as Soldier for Seat Upgrade

Long Island man arrested after flight to Dominican Republic

(Newser) - A Long Island man was arrested after he allegedly posed as a soldier and scored a bump-up to a first-class plane seat from New York to the Dominican Republic. Rock Diaz, 22, had the basic look—he was wearing a standard Army uniform—but he flubbed the details, the New ... More »

Fake Rockefeller Charged With 1985 Murder

Calif. authorities seeking to extradite con man Christian Gerhartsreiter

(Newser) - A German immigrant who conned his way into American high society by pretending to be a member of the Rockefeller clan has been charged with the murder of a California man. Christian Gerhartsreiter—currently serving time in Massachusetts for kidnapping his daughter and assaulting a social worker—was renting a... More »

Taliban Snickers at US Over Impostor's Ruse

It also shows reports of peace talks were false, says commander

(Newser) - News that an impostor posing as a high-ranking Taliban official fooled US, UK, and Afghan officials—and made a tidy profit to boot—is going over well among the real Taliban. One commander tells the Daily Beast : “Imagine if a shopkeeper from Quetta can make a fool of them... More »

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