Orlando Man Sentenced to Prison for Carrying a Firearm While Impersonating a Federal Agent
|U.S. Attorney’s Office September 05, 2012|
ORLANDO—U.S. District Judge Charlene E. Honeywell sentenced Allen Ney Caceres (41, Orlando) yesterday to 18 months in federal prison for being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm. Caceres pleaded guilty on May 23, 2012.
According to court documents, on September 15, 2007, Caceres was involved in an automobile accident and was transported to the hospital. At the scene of the accident, Orlando Police Department (OPD) officers conducted an inventory of Caceres’ car and discovered a gun belt and a loaded Ruger 9mm pistol. The officers later interviewed Caceres at the hospital and asked about the handgun. Caceres identified himself as a Federal Air Marshal assigned to a joint task force at the Orlando International Airport. The officers told Caceres that he could pick up the handgun at OPD by showing his federal law enforcement identification. Caceres never retrieved the handgun from OPD. He was not, nor had ever been, a federal law enforcement officer. He was a convicted felon and thus prohibited from possessing a firearm or ammunition under federal law.
In April 2011, OPD responded to the Lake Underhill Animal Hospital concerning a complaint by an employee. On April 16, 2011, “Allan Caceres” entered the animal hospital and requested care for a new puppy. A hospital employee eventually realized that Caceres had previously sought care for a different dog at the hospital, in 2007, and had identified himself as “Allen Truesdale.” At that time, Caceres (“Truesdale”) said that he was a Department of Homeland Security officer and a Federal Air Marshal working K-9 at the Orlando International Airport. He had what appeared to be a badge around his neck, wore police clothing, and carried a handgun.
Evidence presented at the sentencing hearing showed that Caceres had a long history of fraud and impersonation of military, federal, and state law enforcement officers. He was discharged from the United States Army and Army Reserve for the creation of false military orders on two separate occasions, once in 1996 as “Caceres” and once in 2003 as “Truesdale.”
This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Orange County Sheriff’s Office, and the Orlando Police Department. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Daniel C. Irick.