Congressman's staffer arrested for pretending to be FBI agent


A Democrat in Congress has allowed a staff member to resign after the federal employee was accused of impersonating an FBI agent, carrying a gun in the District of Columbia, giving himself an undeserved $80,000 raise and eluding authorities during a high-speed chase.

The details have been documented by The Blaze, which revealed Rep. Brad Schneider, D-Ill., allowed the staffer to “quietly resign” based on accusations he impersonated an FBI agent during a rally with President Trump on Nov. 14, 2020.

“Sterling Devion Carter allegedly showed up at a MAGA rally in Washington, D.C., but was posing as a fake FBI agent,” the report said.

According to a report that appeared in the Daily Beast, “Carter, who was standing near his parked car, was wearing a black T-shirt that read ‘federal agent,’ a police duty belt, a Glock pistol, extra ammunition, handcuffs, a radio, and an earpiece.”

The report said Carter had brought a blue Ford Taurus, a car that looks like an unmarked police vehicle, and it had been tricked out with blue emergency lights, a spotlight, a laptop mount and a partition so that “prisoners” could be held in the back seat.

Other officers, however, noticed that the license plate was anomalous, and when they checked the number, found there was no such plate.

When they approached Carter, he fled.

Five bicycle officers caught up with Carter, and he identified himself to them as “FBI” but when they wanted his credentials, he ran again.

Carter eventually was caught after the FBI, Secret Service, Capitol Police and officers in Washington investigated whether he had purchased his fake T-shirt from a story in Florida, and officers then reviewed the 21 customers who lived in the D.C. area.

“The suspect was described by Secret Service agents as a black male, approximately 25-30 years old. Based on law enforcement databases, only one customer fit the description: Sterling Carter,” the Blaze reported.

The fake car plates also were reviewed, and a website confirmed selling a set to Carter.

Cops found out Carter was a Democratic congressional staff member three weeks later.

Schneider gave Carter the option to quit or be fired when the accusations erupted.

And an officer’s sworn statement said Carter promised to quit, but “He would end up keeping his government-issued cellphone.”

The raise allegations came about because authorities reported despite his $54,000 salary, he actually took home about $138,000 as a staff member.

Carter eventually was arrested in his parents’ home in Georgia.

The report revealed he’s now been sentenced to nine months in federal prison.

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