1,300 FAKE BADGES!
1,300 counterfeit emblems found representing 35 different agencies
Federal officials arrested a New York man yesterday and charged him with possessing and selling more than 1,300 counterfeit badges representing 35 law enforcement agencies.
The counterfeits are "very, very good," Special Agent in Charge Martin Ficke of the Immigrations and Customs Enforcement agency told CNN, adding that nine out of 10 of the badges would "pass scrutiny."
The fake badges looked like the real thing from agencies such as the FBI, U.S. Marshals, Customs, Drug Enforcement Agency, Treasury and the New York Police Department.
"For someone to have that in their possession and utilize it to identify themselves as law enforcement could be devastating to security, particularly homeland security," Ficke is quoted as saying.
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