No Charges for Congressman Impersonation Suspect

Tuesday, Mar 15, 2011  |  Updated 5:46 PM EDT
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No Charges for Congressman Impersonation Suspect

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A man who falsely claimed to be a U.S. House representative from Georgia won't face charges after all.

Prosecutors on Tuesday moved to dismiss a case against D.C. resident Walter Nelson Lewis Jr. for wearing a lapel pin reserved for members of Congress.

Lewis was arrested in December after police responding to a report of an assault talked to him and he claimed to be U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston, a Republican. At the time, Lewis was wearing a congressional pin given to members to bypass security.

The U.S. Attorney's office did not give a reason for dropping the charge. If he had been convicted Lewis could have faced up to six months in jail and a $5,000 fine.

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