Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Georgia Men Arrested for Impersonating NSA, MI-5 Officials

Special Agent in Charge (SAC) Gregory Jones, FBI Atlanta, announces the following arrests yesterday at Alpharetta, Georgia:

Louis Joseph Aprile, age 49, of Alpharetta, Georgia, was arrested June 9, 2009, along with Michael Garveigh, age 45, of Roswell, Georgia. Aprile is being charged with violation of 18 USC 912, Impersonation of a Government Official, while Garveigh is being charged with violation of 18 USC 915, Impersonation of a Foreign Official.

The arrests of both Aprile and Garveigh by the FBI came after the two met with members of the Alpharetta Police Department as part of a scheme to recover funds allegedly on behalf of the U.S. Government from two locations, one in Alpharetta, Georgia and one in Marietta, Georgia. As part of this scheme, both individuals solicited law enforcement assistance from both the Alpharetta Police Department and the Marietta Police Department with Mr. Aprile allegedly misrepresenting himself as an agent of the National Security Agency (NSA) while his associate, Mr. Garveigh, a citizen of the United Kingdom, allegedly misrepresenting himself as a member of MI-5 (British Intelligence). Both individuals began meeting with representatives of these police departments approximately two weeks ago, stating that they were attempting to put together a counter-terrorism task force and were recruiting officers to work on this task force. During these meetings, Aprile and Garveigh briefed the law enforcement representatives of two locations that, according to them, held terrorism related money which needed to be recovered. As a caveat to this scheme, the law enforcement representatives were told not to contact the FBI regarding their efforts. Their efforts, however, did generate suspicion and the FBI was appropriately contacted.

Mr. Aprile and Mr. Garveigh had their initial appearance before a U.S. Magistrate Judge in Atlanta, Georgia on Wednesday, June 10, 2009.

The above are merely allegations and the public is reminded that all persons are innocent until proven guilty.

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