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Police investigate fake federal agent on MBTA

March 19, 2014

BOSTON (AP) — The U.S. Secret Service and Massachusetts transit police are looking for a man they say claimed to be a Secret Service agent to avoid paying a commuter rail fare.

A verbal confrontation last week between the man and a conductor was caught on video by another passenger.

The man says “You don’t mess with the Secret Service,” then later says “Don’t interrupt my investigation, all right, tough guy? What do you work for, al-Qaida?”

Police did not say on which MBTA commuter line the confrontation occurred.

The real Secret Service and MBTA police say they are confident the man was not a real agent.

Impersonating a federal officer is a felony punishable by up to three years in prison and a $1,000 fine.

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