February 12, 2014
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Orlando Man Pleads Guilty To Impersonating A DEA Agent And Unlawful Possession Of A Firearm
ORLANDO, Fla. - Mark R. Trouville, Special Agent in Charge, Drug Enforcement (DEA), Miami Field Division, and A. Lee Bentley III, United States Attorney for the Middle District of Florida, announce today that William Benjamin (41, Orlando) pleaded guilty to impersonating a DEA agent and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Mejias faces a maximum penalty of thirteen years in federal prison. A sentencing date has not yet been set.
According to the plea agreement and court documents, Mejias appeared at several Orlando nightclubs wearing authentic-looking DEA badge, carrying a firearm, and reportedly told several people that he was a DEA agent. He also posted photos of himself on social media websites wearing DEA clothes, a DEA badge, and a firearm. In September 2013, local police officers conducted a traffic stop on Mejias and he displayed a DEA badge and credentials to get out of the ticket. During a later search of Mejias's residence, agents found a loaded semi-automatic firearm, as well as his fake DEA credentials, badge, and clothing.
From 1994 to 1996, Mejias was convicted of three separate felony burglaries and therefore prohibited from possessing a firearm or ammunition under federal law.
This case was investigated by the DEA and Federal Bureau of Investigation.