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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

By Mary Pat Flaherty  |  April 30, 2010; 10:07 AM ET
Categories:  Fairfax , From the Courthouse , Mary Pat Flaherty , Virginia  
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Not only can he negotiate international trade imbalances, he can hook up your dishwasher!!

Posted by: fluxgirl | April 30, 2010 10:49 AM | Report abuse

I'd feel much better about the diplomacy done by a plumber than the plumbing done by a diplomat.

Posted by: blankspace | April 30, 2010 1:42 PM | Report abuse

Did his credentials say Mohammad the Plumber Guy?

Posted by: blackforestcherry | April 30, 2010 2:07 PM | Report abuse

Hey, that's one way of getting around those bothersome security checks at airports.

Posted by: Jimof1913 | April 30, 2010 5:38 PM | Report abuse

When are they going to start arresting those illegals possessing false SS cards, driver licenses with no insurance? Oh I forgot, there not illegal there "undocumented" that makes it okay!

Posted by: OhBrother67 | April 30, 2010 7:16 PM | Report abuse

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