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Man who impersonated a cop sentenced to 5 years in jail

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SUPERIOR Court Associate Judge Wesley Bogdan has sentenced Daniel Muna Quitugua to five years’ imprisonment for impersonating a Department of Public Safety police officer and stealing $700.

Quitugua, 42, was initially charged with impersonating an officer, kidnapping, theft, and resisting arrest.

Represented by the Office of the Public Defender, Quitugua, through a plea agreement, pleaded guilty to impersonating an officer and theft.

Under the plea agreement, Quitugua will serve five years’ imprisonment for the charge of impersonating an officer, to run concurrently with the charge of theft.

Daniel Muna Quitugua

Judge Bogdan also gave Quitugua credit for time served noting that the defendant has been in the custody of the Department of Corrections since Nov. 26, 2019.

Under the plea agreement, Quitugua will be eligible for parole. After serving his sentence, he will be immediately placed on probation for 10 years.

Judge Bogdan ordered Quitugua to have no contact with the victim of the case, and to pay a fine of $100, court and probation costs.

According to court documents, on July 12, 2019, Quitugua unlawfully pretended to be an officer to facilitate the commission of a crime. On the same day, Quitugua took $700 from the victim with the intent of permanently depriving the owner of his rights to the property.

Chief prosecutor John Bradley said: “In this case, the Department of Public Safety did an excellent job investigating a difficult case. The evidence showed that Quitugua took advantage of an immigrant by trying to bully him into giving up money.”

Quitugua tried to use the pretend authority of a police officer in frightening his victim, Bradley added.

“All victims should feel safe reporting a crime to the police. This case shows that equal justice is a real goal for all of us,” the chief prosecutor said in an email to Variety.

 

 

 

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