Despite the consequences of being caught being someone you are not, there are still people who give it a try; thankfully, many of them end up failing anyway.
According to a news report on WKRC Cincinnati, Charles Moeller, a 64-year-old resident of Union township, used his vehicle to force another driver off the road and then claiming to be a State Trooper. He apparently approached the driver, brandishing some kind of unknown ID card; at any rate, when the driver asked him for his badge and he was unable to produce one, the driver fled. Moeller, however, implied that he had a gun.
A judge in Union Township, Clermont County, set Moeller’s bond at a whopping quarter of million dollars. According to the report, prosecutors only asked for a $100,000 bond. The judge, however, factored in the fact that he had implied having a gun and increased the bond, despite requests by Moeller’s lawyer for a lower bond as his client needed treatment for thyroid cancer.
This is apparently not the first time that Moeller assumed an identity – nor is being a State Trooper his only make-believe gig. When he initially moved into town, he reportedly introduced himself as someone named Gary who was a former Navy SEAL and had several career medals to his name.
One of his neighbors also talked about seeing him flash a Glock-style gun and a badge, and hearing him say that “both came in handy”. He reportedly claimed to neighbors that the gun was given to him by his son, who was an agent with Homeland Security.
Moeller was arrested Wednesday afternoon.