LAWFUEL – The Legal Newswire – SAN FRANCISCO – United States Attorney …

LAWFUEL – The Legal Newswire – SAN FRANCISCO – United States Attorney Scott N. Schools announced that Tuesday, July 24, 2007, Jeremy Christian Brickner pled guilty to one count of impersonating an agent of the United States and one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm. This guilty plea is the result of an investigation by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security – Immigration and Customs Enforcement (“DHS-ICE”).

Mr. Brickner, 30, of Sacramento, was indicted by a federal Grand Jury in San Francisco on December 7, 2006. He was charged with two counts of impersonating an agent of the United States in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 913. Mr. Brickner was also indicted by a federal Grand Jury in Sacramento on December 28, 2006. He was charged with one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 922(g). The respective United States Attorney’s Offices and Mr. Brickner agreed that the Sacramento indictment could be transferred from the Eastern District of California to the Northern District of California for purposes of plea and sentencing. Under the plea agreement, Mr. Brickner pled guilty to one count of impersonating an agent of the United States, and one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm.

In pleading guilty, Mr. Brickner admitted that Eugene Kesselman hired him to arrest Kesselman’s estranged wife and her 10-year-old daughter on the basis that an immigration judge had issued an order for their deportation. On May 11, 2006, Brickner arrested them in San Francisco and detained them overnight in a hotel room in South San Francisco. During that detention, Brickner falsely represented himself to be an ICE agent. He also admitted that on October 5, 2006, in Sacramento, he knowingly possessed a firearm that was not manufactured in California and that he was previously convicted in the Supreme Court of the State of New York of a felony offense that was punishable by imprisonment for a term exceeding one year, specifically attempted criminal possession of a weapon in the third degree in violation of New York PL § 110-265.02.

Mr. Brickner is currently free on a bond and the sentencing is scheduled for November 14, 2007, in San Francisco at 2:15 p.m. before the Honorable Charles R. Breyer, United States District Court Judge. The maximum statutory penalty for impersonating a federal agent, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 913, is three years in prison, one year of supervised release, and a fine of $250,000. The maximum statutory penalty for being a felon in possession of a firearm, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 922(g), is ten years in prison, three years of supervised release, and a fine of $250,000. However, any sentence following conviction would be imposed by the court after consideration of the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and the federal statute governing the imposition of a sentence, 18 U.S.C. § 3553.

Jeff Finigan is the Assistant U.S. Attorney prosecuting the case with the assistance of Rawaty Yim.

Further Information:

Case # CR 06-0790 CRB

A copy of this press release may be found on the U.S. Attorney’s Office’s website at www.usdoj.gov/usao/can.

Electronic court filings and further procedural and docket information are available at https://ecf.cand.uscourts.gov/cgi-bin/login.pl.

Judges’ calendars with schedules for upcoming court hearings can be viewed on the court’s website at www.cand.uscourts.gov.

All press inquiries to the U.S. Attorney’s Office should be directed to Natalya LaBauve at (415) 436-7055 or by email at [email protected]

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