Public Official Impersonator Sentenced for Stealing Car

Saturday, Jun 15, 2013  |  Updated 10:54 AM EDT
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A man was sentenced to eight years in prison for stealing a woman's car by pretending to be a D.C. official.

Thomas Williams, 41, of Washington also was ordered to pay $1,000 in restitution at sentencing Friday. He had been convicted of false impersonation of a public official and other offenses.

According to government evidence, in August, Williams went to the woman's home and told her he had orders to take her car, which was parked in the driveway. She begged him not to take it, prosecutors said, and Williams threatened to arrest her.

Williams and another man towed the car to a junkyard in Maryland, where he sold it for scrap metal.

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