Fake FBI agent pleads guilty
The story of Brenna Marie Reilly, the Arlington woman who impersonated an FBI agent and hired her neighbors to work for her, came apart in January, Crime Scene reports. She promised an assistant a gun. She got him a knife. The real FBI was contacted.
A Massachusetts woman has pleaded guilty to impersonating an FBI agent after fooling her former neighbors in northern Virginia into taking jobs as her assistant.
Twenty-nine-year-old Brenna Reilly of Holyoke, Mass., was living in Arlington last year and told neighbors she was the FBI's director of forensics. Two neighbors agreed to work as Reilly's assistant. She gave them tasks that included writing condolence letters to family members of slain agents. But Reilly was never an FBI agent, the jobs were phony, and the assistants were never paid.
Peter Carr, a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney in the Eastern District of Virginia, said it remains unclear why Reilly conducted the hoax.
Following Tuesday's guilty plea, Reilly faces up to three years in prison.
-- Associated Press
Washington Post editors
| May 11, 2010; 3:12 PM ET
Categories: Crime and Public Safety, Virginia | Tags: FBI, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Northern Virginia, Plea, Virginia
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