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FRANKLIN, Tenn. (WKRN) – A Franklin man was indicted on federal charges after investigators say he was caught impersonating a Deputy U.S. Marshal.
According to a release from U.S. Attorney Don Cochran, on Nov. 21, 2018, a Deputy U.S. Marshal was at the home on Powell Avenue in Nashville when he observed 50-year-old Tooraj Sohrabi Sedeh coming out of the store wearing a shirt with USMS markings on it. He was also seen with a badge holder on a neck chain with the USMS patch, a holstered gun, and handcuffs on his hip.
Officials said the Deputy Marshal approached Sedeh outside the store and asked him if he worked for the U.S. Marshals. Sedeh told him yes and said he was assigned to the Nashville office. Sedeh was asked for his credentials and told the Deputy Marshal he didn’t have them.
According to a release, after the Deputy Marshal identified himself, Sedeh said that he worked for the Williamson County Sheriff’s Department and was also a “freelance” bail bondsmen for Grumpy’s Bail Bonds. Investigators discovered the claims were false and Sedeh had no affiliation with the USMS or any of the other agencies. The Deputy Marshal also observed other USMS gear inside Sedeh’s car and a law enforcement association sticker was on it.
On Nov. 28, 2018, the USMS executed a search warrant on Sedeh’s Franklin home. They recovered a variety of USMS clothing and other equipment, according to the search warrant.
According to the indictment, Sedeh impersonated a Deputy Marshal on other occasions, including between Sep. 28 and Oct. 4, 2018; Nov.15, 2018: and between Nov. 25 and Dec. 10, 2018.
Sedeh was charged with three counts of impersonating a Deputy U.S. Marshal and making false statements. If convicting, he faces up to three years in prison on each count of impersonation, up to five years for making false statements, and a $250,000 fine on each count.
From the DOJ press release:
…Sedeh walking out of the store wearing a shirt with USMS markings, including embroidered markings, patches and collar insignia. Sedeh was also observed to have a badge holder on a neck chain with a USMS patch attached to it and was wearing a holstered firearm and handcuffs on his hip.
The Deputy U.S. Marshal also observed Sedeh’s vehicle to have a law enforcement association sticker on it and shirts hanging inside with law enforcement insignias as well as ballistic vest carriers with U.S. Marshal insignias attached.
On November 28, 2018, the U.S. Marshal’s Service executed a federal search warrant at Sedeh’s home in Franklin, Tennessee and recovered a variety of clothing items marked with USMS insignias and other law enforcement tactical and service equipment.