SACRAMENTO, Calif. - The Department of Justice said a 27-year-old Sacramento man plead guilty on April 20 to impersonating an FBI agent in mid-February.
Court documents show on Feb. 11, Daniel Arushanov went to a Red Roof Inn in Sacramento and told a hotel employee he was a special agent with the FBI.
Officials say Arushanov claimed to the employee he was investigating underage prostitution then demanded to see a guest list for the hotel.
The employee asked the Sacramento man to show his badge but he refused and told the employee to call the FBI. Officials say Arushanov left the hotel after the phone call.
Officials say one employee later identified Arushanov as the man who posed as an agent and he was arrested for impersonating a peace officer.
“We depend on the cooperation of the public,” said Special Agent in Charge Sean Ragan of the FBI Sacramento Field Office. “It is essential that people trust us to be who we say we are. If contacted by the FBI, the public can always call their local FBI office or law enforcement agency to verify that contact as genuine. Please call 911 if you feel you are in danger.”
The FBI and Sacramento County Sheriff's Office investigated the case and officials say Arushanov faces a maximum of three years in prison and a $250,000 fine. He is scheduled to be sentenced on June 15.