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Prison inmate impersonates judge and cop in phone calls to escape jail

April 20, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Prison inmate impersonates judge and cop in phone calls to escape jail

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One inmate in Cincinnati believed that if he impersonated a judge over the phone, he would have a get-out-of-jail-free card with no issue.

James Eagle, 23, was originally arrested on April 10th for fleeing the scene of a car crash and taking a license plate to put on his vehicle afterward, according to Fox 45.

Once behind bars, the inmate made multiple calls posing as Judge Richard Bernat — all of which were tape recorded. He told courthouse employees to provide Eagle “O.R.” bonds, meaning that a cash bond was not required for him to be released as long as he agreed to return to court.

The judge and sheriff’s office were informed of the situation, but no one spoke to Eagle about his devious act.

“I don’t think anyone did anything wrong,” Mike Robinson of the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office stated. “His scheme did not work.”

Eagle ultimately paid 10% of a $5,000 bond and was let go. But his impersonation schemes still continued.

On Friday, an investigator went to sign warrants against Eagle for his scheme. After the detective had left, Eagle contacted the Warrants Department and said that the warrants were a mistake.

“Mr. Eagle is not as slick as he thinks… once apprehended, he faces three additional charges,” Robinson added, charges that now include the impersonation of an officer.

With the initial charges, he may have faced a few months bars, but now, he is facing years.

A $1,000 reward is being offered for any information about Eagle’s whereabouts.

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