Woman ‘Tricked’ to Believe She Was a D.E.A. Agent Trainee, Official Says

Suspicions arose last week when Sgt. Matthew Jacobsen of the Portland Police Department in Oregon saw a man and woman standing near a silver Dodge Charger with red and blue emergency lights and a tactical vest in its trunk with a “DEA POLICE” patch.

Sergeant Jacobsen asked them if they were federal agents of the Drug Enforcement Administration, according to a federal complaint. The man, Robert Edward Golden, replied that they were indeed “federals”, according to the complaint.

It was unclear what happened to the couple who first came to the sergeant’s attention on the night of February 1, but authorities later learned that Mr Golden, 41, was an impostor who tricked the woman into thinking she was training to become a DEA agent herself, according to the lawsuit filed Thursday in U.S. District Court in Oregon.

Mr. Golden had cheated on the woman, who was not named in the complaint, for about a year.

He gave her a DEA badge to use on night walks, when he took her out to talk with homeless people to turn them into “confidential informants,” and he talked about fellow DEAs, like “Anderson” and ” Luis,” according to the complaint.

Morgan T. Barr, a DEA agent in Portland, said in the complaint that there were several discrepancies in Mr. Golden’s portrayal of the profession: the agency does not offer carpooling, and there is no had no work “Anderson” or “Luis”. in his district office.

Mr. Golden was charged with impersonating a federal agent. The woman has not been charged. Mr Golden’s lawyer, Michael Charles Benson, could not immediately be reached for comment on Sunday. The case was reported on Friday by The Daily Beast and The Oregonian.

sergeant. Jacobsen, who could not be reached on Sunday, found more items in Mr Golden’s possession that enhanced his good faith officer appearance, such as handcuffs, badges, holsters and a shotgun. AR-15 style which was later determined to be a BB gun.

Mr. Golden told authorities he had fake DEA patches, which he said he purchased from sites like eBay and Amazon, because he and the woman were “into cosplay,” according to the complaint.

As for the Dodge Charger with the red and blue lights of the emergency vehicle, the complaint states that Mr. Golden told authorities that he wanted others to believe that he and the woman were federal agents so that no one would see them. inconvenience near their apartment complex.

He told investigators he used the red and blue lights, which were inside the car, “to get through traffic faster,” according to the complaint, and he said he acted a times as an officer to break up a fight by shouting “police!”

The woman told investigators that she had attended criminal justice school and that Mr. Golden had given her credentials. He took her to shooting practice and once claimed he handcuffed someone on the way to work, according to the complaint.

Mr Barr, who could not be reached for comment on Sunday, said in the complaint he believed Mr Golden had ‘deceived’ the woman into believing he ‘is in fact an agent of the DEA and that she is actually training to be a DEA agent.

On Friday, US Magistrate Judge Jolie A. Russo released Mr Golden after imposing a number of conditions, including that he retain a full-time job, limit his travels in Oregon unless he obtains approval of the court and participates in counseling and a medical examination. checkup.