Man Sentenced for Impersonating a United States Marshal

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ERIE, PA — A resident of Smethport, Pennsylvania pleaded guilty on Thursday, January 19, 2023, and was sentenced in federal court to 6 months of probation on his conviction of possessing a fake United States Marshal badge and impersonating a Deputy United States Marshal, announced United States Attorney Cindy K. Chung.

United States District Judge Susan Paradise Baxter imposed the sentence on Ernest Lathrop, Sr., 60.

According to information presented to the court, Lathrop falsely portrayed himself as a Deputy United States Marshal and during his false impersonation possessed a fake United States Marshal badge.

Assistant United States Attorney Christian A. Trabold prosecuted this case on behalf of the government.

United States Attorney Chung commended the United States Marshal’s Service and the Pennsylvania State Police for the investigation leading to the successful prosecution of Lathrop.

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