Breaking 911: SEATTLE — A Lake Stevens, Washington man who used fake credentials in the names of fictional characters or famous fraudsters to commit crimes was sentenced today in U.S. District Court in Seattle to five years in prison for seven federal felonies.
Steven Fisher, 44, pleaded guilty in July 2018 to one count of robbery, five counts of impersonation of a federal officer, and one count of attempted robbery.
At sentencing U.S. District Judge James L. Robart said, “This was a long-term calculated crime… attacking a marginalized community. You picked the most vulnerable group of people I know…. You did a despicable thing to people who deserved better.”
“Robbery is a frightening crime — especially when it appears to be at the hands of someone in law enforcement,” said U.S. Attorney Annette L. Hayes. “This defendant’s actions were no joke — he did real harm to real people who were just trying to run their small businesses and thought they were responding to requests from a federal law enforcement officer. The victims will likely never look at a law enforcement officer the same way again. A lengthy sentence in federal prison sends a clear message that this kind of conduct will not be tolerated.”
According to records filed in the case, on January 25, 2017, Fisher gained access to the secure area of a small money transmitting business in Seattle’s Central District by claiming he was a federal agent investigating a suspicious transaction. Fisher flashed a badge, and handed the owner a ‘search warrant’ signed by ‘Frank Abagnale’ — a famous serial fraudster portrayed in the movie “Catch Me if You Can.” The warrant was purchased via the website Legalfakes.com. Fisher then pulled a weapon on the owner, demanded he open the safe and locked the owner in a back room. Fisher left with a large amount of cash and took computer equipment which contained surveillance video from the security system. read more