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Fake FBI agent hired neighbor, got him to transcribe her 'interrogations'

To read the arrest warrant for Brenna Marie Reilly is to ask why.

The 29-year-old told her Arlington neighbors she was an FBI agent. She hired one of them to be her administrative assistant, telling him she was the bureau's director of forensics, according to the affidavit.

She posted him inside her apartment, and tasked him with transcribing interrogations she claimed to have conducted. She had him edit condolence letters to family members of CIA officers purportedly killed in Afghanistan – operatives she claimed were working for her. She spoke to him of traveling to Iraq, the affidavit states.

"It was never clear why she did this," said Peter Carr, a spokesman for U.S. Attorney Neil H. MacBride.

Reilly pleaded guilty Tuesday to impersonating an FBI agent, punishable by up to three years in prison, Carr said. Her attorney couldn't immediately be reached for comment.

While faking it, Reilly promised her assistant she'd get him a service gun, took him to gun shops, but only ended up buying him a knife. It all came apart in January, according to the affidavit, when one of the employee’s parents contacted the real FBI to report Reilly’s behavior. The employee had never been paid.

-- Dan Morse

By Dan Morse  |  May 11, 2010; 3:36 PM ET
Categories:  Arlington , Dan Morse  
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Comments

there are some damn crazy people in Virginia. I hope this woman gets some help.

Posted by: MarilynManson | May 11, 2010 3:45 PM | Report abuse

To be fair, she is from Massachusetts. They are apparently crazy too.

Posted by: dtysko | May 11, 2010 4:02 PM | Report abuse

Who is more crazy: The lady who created the scam, or the gullible people who worked for her?

Posted by: GP04 | May 11, 2010 4:22 PM | Report abuse

Gullible isn't a word....look it up in the dictionary....

Posted by: etep1 | May 11, 2010 6:19 PM | Report abuse

etep1: you are a funny guy. I went to the dictionary to see if it was missing, but i saw it in there. You sly devil you ;)

Posted by: AdamAhmed | May 12, 2010 9:09 AM | Report abuse

Good one, etep1. Haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa.

Posted by: checkered1 | May 12, 2010 9:31 AM | Report abuse

She is also the President of Kramerica Industries.

Posted by: smirkman | May 12, 2010 11:04 AM | Report abuse

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