Man impersonates FBI agent, steals cash during fake investigation

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FORT MYERS, Fla. – A “government employee” who entered a check cashing business turned out to be an expert impersonator who got away with the company’s cash, according to Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers.

The man was dressed in a suit and tie, wore an ID tag that read FBI on his belt, had a holstered gun and wore blue latex gloves. He told the clerk at the Cash Ur Check located on Ortiz Avenue that he needed help investigating check fraud. On June 17, the clerk led the man to the back office where he requested to see all the checks from that week. He asked that she provide a copy of a check and driver’s license then left.

The clerk later told authorities she believed the man was a government employee even though he did not provide a name, badge or business card.

When an employee discovered missing cash from the safe, the store manager reviewed surveillance video that showed the “government employee” stealing cash while he sent the clerk on tasks for his fake investigation.

Anyone with information on the identity and whereabouts of the suspect is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-780-TIPS (8477). All callers will remain anonymous and will be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000. Tips may also be made online at or by texting a tip to CRIMES (274637) Keyword: REWARD.

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