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Man charged with impersonating a federal agent

He had plenty of shiny law enforcement badges and an arsenal of weapons, but it turns out Daniel Cleary was no cop at all.

Instead, real-life authorities say, he was just a 48-year-old man who took a bad tumble inside his bath tub while apparently intoxicated. The spill led to his arrest on charges of impersonating an FBI agent and for possessing more than two dozen phony federal badges.

According to federal and local officials, Broward Sheriff's Office deputies responded to Cleary's Weston apartment about 10 a.m. on Jan. 13 after his unit became inundated with water.

Cleary, who deputies said appeared intoxicated, reportedly fell in his tub and broke a faucet, said department spokeswoman Keyla Concepcion. Cleary called the apartment complex manager for help with the ensuing flood. When the manager went to investigate, she noticed Cleary was wearing a gun under his jacket.

He reportedly told the manager that he was an FBI agent, Concepcion said.

The manager became suspicious and called the Sheriff's Office.

According to federal prosecutors, Cleary identified himself to deputies as an FBI agent and was carrying a Glock handgun. He also presented deputies a counterfeit FBI credential bearing his name and photograph.

Cleary then allowed deputies to step inside his flooded apartment. That's when they noticed all the fake badges, Concepcion said.

The inventory included two fake FBI badges and 28 other counterfeit federal badges including from the U.S. Secret Service, U.S. Marshals Service, Drug Enforcement Administration and the Federal Aviation Administration. Authorities also recovered from the apartment and a storage unit 26 other firearms and approximately 1,000 rounds of ammunition, according to the report.

Cleary was arrested at his home after deputies checked with the FBI and learned he wasn't an agent, said Concepcion. He was booked at the Broward Main Jail, and was released after posting bond.

It is unclear what Cleary was doing with the badges and weapons. FBI spokesman Michael Leverock said he could not comment on the case.

Federal prosecutors ask anyone who may have encountered Cleary to notify the FBI.

Public records indicate Cleary registered a company called American Firearms Inc., but the state deactivated it because a paperwork violation. He is also licensed to carry a concealed weapon. He does not have a criminal record.

Cleary made his first federal court appearance Tuesday. If convicted, he faces up to three years in prison on each count of impersonation and six months on each count of possession of federal agency badges and credentials.

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