Fairfax plumber convicted in posing as diplomat
When Richard Earl Jaensch, 52, of Annandale, traveled through security checkpoints at airports and at the Fairfax County courthouse in 2008, he flashed his diplomatic credentials.
Problem was Jaensch is a plumber and a federal jury in Alexandria on Thursday found him guilty of producing false diplomatic credentials after a trial in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia.
According to court documents and trial evidence, Jaensch, produced an identification card, a badge, and a credentials holder. He used a similar set of diplomatic credentials at TSA checkpoints at airports and at an April 2008 hearing in Fairfax County Circuit. After court personnel confiscated the identification, Jaensch ordered another set, prosecutors said. It was the production of that false identification that was the subject of the case.
He faces sentencing in July.
Mary Pat Flaherty
April 30, 2010; 10:07 AM ET
Categories: Fairfax , From the Courthouse , Mary Pat Flaherty , Virginia
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