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Professional Responsibility
01/13/2010

Florida man arrested on charges of impersonating Homeland Security agents

WEST PALM BEACH , Fla. - A West Palm Beach man was arrested Wednesday on federal charges of impersonating U.S. Department of Homeland Security agents following an investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

Newman Lowe, 49, surrendered on Jan 13 to ICE special agents on an outstanding arrest warrant. The arrest warrant was issued in connection with an indictment, which charges Lowe with impersonating Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Customs and Border Protection agents.

If convicted, Lowe faces a possible maximum statutory sentence of three years in prison.

"Impersonating a federal agent undermines the confidence people have in their government when information from imposters proves not to be true," said Steven J. Mocsary, Special Agent in Charge of ICE's Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR). "Impersonation in the law enforcement arena further poses a serious threat to public safety and will not be tolerated. ICE-OPR will continue to criminally investigate and charge individuals who impersonate DHS ICE agents or officers."

U.S. Attorney Jeffrey H. Sloman stated, "Impersonating a federal agent is a serious offense that can undermine the public's confidence in a badge. Citizens can rest assured that we will aggressively investigate and prosecute individuals who pretend to be agents, but are not."

The investigation was conducted by ICE's Office of Professional Responsibility with the assistance of the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney William T. Zloch.