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Feds: Felon impersonated an FBI agent to steal drugs and money

October 5, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Feds: Felon impersonated an FBI agent to steal drugs and money

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A felon in Mississippi is facing federal charges after he purportedly impersonated an FBI agent to extort cash, marijuana, and other items from drug dealers in Hancock and Harrison Counties.

Troy Graham Fitzgerald, 34, carried out the crimes between January and April, when firearms agents took him into custody in D’Iberville.

According to the Sun Herald, Graham posed as an FBI agent to threaten drug dealers with a firearm, robbed them, interfered with business by use of threats and violence in violation of the Hobbs Act, a nine-count indictment filed in August revealed.

Graham remains in custody with no bond, is scheduled for trial in early November.

According to the indictment, Graham stole:

One pound of marijuana worth between $2,800 and $3,000 in Harrison County in January.
An unknown amount of money and marijuana on in Hancock County in January.
$6,000 on April 1st in Hancock County.
A 9mm pistol, cameras, tools, cash, and other items in April in Hancock County.
An unidentified amount of weed in April in Harrison County.

The Hobbs Act, also referred to as the Anti-Racketeering Act, bans robbery and extortion involving anything that involves interstate commerce. The law, as it applies to this case, makes it illegal to steal from drug dealers and take their property by force or with threats. The law was first introduced to prevent racketeering in labor-management disputes and has been expanded to other instances.

Graham was wanted in Baton Rouge on charges of insurance fraud, theft and forgery when he was taken into custody on April 12th. ATF agents said they discovered him in possession of a 9mm gun.

In May, he was indicted by a grand jury on a charge of being a felon in possession of a firearm.

ATF’s probe continued, and a grand jury handed down a new indictment with additional charges in August.

He is facing one count of impersonating an agent; three counts of interference with commerce by extortion; two counts of attempting to interfere with commerce by robbery; two counts of using a firearm in furtherance of a violent crime; and one count of felon with a gun.

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