No, Security Won’t Believe You Need Free Passes To Comic Con So You Can Pursue A Fugitive

We’re sure people working event security have basically heard it all — but there’s always going to be someone out there pushing the envelope to try to sneak in, anyway: officials in Utah said a man attempted to get into Comic Con in September for free, claiming there was a fugitive at the event he had to catch.

The 29-year-old man was charged yesterday in federal court with two counts of impersonation of a federal officer, reports the Deseret News, for allegedly claiming he was a special agent with the Air Force Office of Special Investigations.

The ruse was his attempt to get into the VIP area at the convention, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney’s office said. The jig was soon up, as a security worker at Comic Con realized something was off, and decided to call the Air Force to check his story out. Special agents from the office he claimed to be with then questioned him, and determined he wasn’t one of them.

He’s also been charged making a false statement to a federal agent for allegedly telling investigators he had asked for one pass when he in fact had requested two. One for the fugitive? He’s facing three years in federal prison for each count of impersonating a federal officer and up to five years for lying to investigators. He could also have to pay up to $250,000 in fines per charge if he’s found guilty.

Layton man charged with impersonating a federal officer to get into Salt Lake Comic Con [Deseret News]

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