Orlando Man Pleads Guilty to Impersonating a DEA Agent and Unlawful Possession of a Firearm
|U.S. Attorney’s Office February 12, 2014|
ORLANDO—United States Attorney A. Lee Bentley, III announces that William Benjamin Mejias (41, Orlando) today pleaded guilty to impersonating a Drug Enforcement Administration agent and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Mejias faces a maximum penalty of 13 years in federal prison. A sentencing date has not yet been set.
According to the plea agreement and court documents, Mejias appeared at nightclubs, in Orlando, dressed in clothes that identified him as an agent with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). Mejias wore authentic-looking DEA badges, carried a firearm, and reportedly told several people that he was a DEA agent. He also posted photos of himself on social media websites wearing DEA clothes, a DEA badge, and a firearm. In September 2013, local police officers conducted a traffic stop on Mejias and he displayed a DEA badge and credentials to get out of the ticket. During a later search of Mejias’s residence, agents found a loaded semi-automatic firearm.
Mejias was convicted of three separate felony burglaries in 1994, 1995, and 1996 and was therefore prohibited from possessing a firearm or ammunition under federal law.
This case was investigated by Federal Bureau of Investigation. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Bruce S Ambrose.