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CIA Impersonator Ordered Recruits to Rob Banks, U.S. Says

Sept. 28 (Bloomberg) -- A man masquerading as a Central Intelligence Agency officer recruited people to rob three Virginia banks on behalf of the U.S. government, federal prosecutors said.

Joshua Brady, 28, of Petersburg, Virginia, was charged with one count of impersonating a government official and three counts of attempted bank robbery, according to an indictment filed yesterday in federal court in Alexandria, Virginia. Each count carries a maximum prison sentence of 20 years.

In June, Brady attempted to extort money from a Capital One bank in Fairfax County and a BB&T bank and a SunTrust bank in Alexandria, according to the indictment.

Brady pretended to be a CIA employee and used that guise to solicit others to rob the banks, prosecutors said in an e-mailed statement. Peter Carr, a spokesman for U.S. Attorney Neil MacBride, said no more details of the alleged scheme are public.

Brady has been in federal custody since Aug. 17, according to a court filing.

The case is U.S. v. Brady, 12-cr-00424, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia (Alexandria).

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