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November 21, 2013

Cannada indicted for impersonating FBI agent

Somerset — A grand jury has indicted a Pulaski County man for allegedly posing as a federal investigator.

Jonathan F. Cannada, 42, of White Oak Circle, Somerset, was charged earlier this month with one count of impersonating a peace officer in connection with the July 13, 2013 incident in which he allegedly told Pulaski County Constable Mike Wallace that he was a Federal Bureau of Investigation officer.

Wallace was responding to a call when Cannada approached him.

“As soon as I pulled up, he (Cannada) came to the car straight to me and identified himself as being with the FBI,” said Wallace.

Wallace said he “let it drop” at that moment and responded to his original call, but it was after Cannada allegedly identified himself as an FBI agent again and asked that Wallace look into another situation when the constable asked Cannada for some kind of identification.

Cannada said he had none, according to Wallace.

Wallace said he made several phone calls after the incident, and discovered Cannada was not on any records as a federal investigator.

“Nobody knows who this guy is,” said Wallace.

According to the indictment, Cannada “ ... knowingly pretending and representing himself as a Federal Bureau (of) Investigation officer knowingly not to be such with intent to induce others to act in reliance upon the pretense to his prejudice.”

Cannada is lodged in the Pulaski County Detention Center on a $50,000 bond.

Wallace appeared as a witness before the grand jury.

An indictment is an accusation only. Defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven otherwise in court.

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