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Maryland man pleads guilty to impersonating FBI agent

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Posted at 7:59 AM, Jan 12, 2018
and last updated 2018-01-12 07:59:40-05

A Maryland man accused of impersonating an FBI agent has reached a plea agreement with federal prosecutors in Delaware. 

At a hearing Wednesday in Wilmington, 28-year-old Eric Kappesser of Stevensville agreed to plead guilty to one count of impersonating a federal official, which carries a maximum penalty of three years in prison and a $250,000 fine. 

Prosecutors agreed to drop a second count of impersonation, as well as one count of unauthorized possession of a badge or insignia of a federal agency. 

An indictment issued in May alleged that between April and October 2016, Kappesser represented himself to others as an FBI agent, including requesting and obtaining a law enforcement discount when purchasing certain firearms accessories.  Authorities say he also wore a replica of an FBI badge around his neck.