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August 18. 2011 10:32PM

U.S. Marshal impersonator says he's ‘fascinated' by job


A police impersonator with ties to New Hampshire waived indictment in Massachusetts on charges he posed as a U.S. Marshal and stole money from women he met online.

Eric Williams, 28, will be sentenced Oct. 19 in U.S. District Court in Boston on charges he posed as a U.S. Marshal while stealing two checks from women in January.

Williams was previously convicted in 2006 in Rockingham County for theft and posing as a deputy sheriff in Salem two years earlier.

In the latest ruse, he used a stolen credit card from his landlord in New Hampshire to buy all of his supplies — including dashboard lights and a pellet gun — at stores in Derry and Salem before preying on the women.

He bought a Ford Explorer from a car dealership in Derry, and dashboard lights from a business in Manchester to make the truck look like a law enforcement vehicle, according to a federal affidavit.

He also bought a pellet gun, which looked like a semiautomatic handgun, from a store in Salem, according to the affidavit.

Weeks later, Williams stole and cashed two checks from two Massachusetts women — one for $600, another for $700 — while posing as deputy with the U.S. Marshal Service between Jan. 11 and 15.

One check came from women he met online and dated, after introducing himself as a marshal.

The other was stolen from the roommate of another woman he dated while posing as a deputy marshal, according to court records.

Williams, who also goes by the alias Eric McCourt, was arrested in January shortly after stealing two checks.

Williams told the deputy marshals who arrested him “that he was fascinated by the U.S. Marshals and had wanted to be a U.S. Marshal since he was a kid,” according to the affidavit.

Williams told investigators he bought his badge and certificates online, an affidavit says.

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