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DC Man Who Pretended to Be Top Aide to Rep. John Lewis Pleads Guilty

The D.C. man who admitted to pretending to be a top aide to U.S. Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) to score field passes to a Washington Redskins game and "special privileges" at a South Beach bar and lounge in Miami pleaded guilty Wednesday afternoon.

Jarrett Lewis, an employee of a DC-based non-profit, pleaded guilty to a federal charge of impersonating a US government official. He faces up to three years in prison.

Jarrett Lewis, who is of no relation to the congressman, admitted to using the yearlong scheme to obtain field passes from the Washington Redskins and special access at the famed Clevelander bar on South Beach in Miami. According to prosecutors, employees of the bar notified the office of Rep. John Lewis. The scheme was executed between 2014 and 2015, according to prosecutors.

Jarrett Lewis admitted listing the address of the Rep Lewis' Cannon House Office Building office suite when sending emails as part of the scheme.

Michael Collins is the longtime chief of staff of Rep. Lewis, a civil rights icon who has represented Atlanta in the US House of Representatives since 1987.

A spokeswoman for Rep Lewis declined to comment on the case, telling News-4, "The matter is now in the courts."

Jarrett Lewis was a student at Syracuse University before serving with a DC-based non-profit, according to testimony and court records. He and his attorney declined to comment to News-4 after a hearing Wednesday.

He faces up to three years in prison and a $250,000 fine when sentenced in October.

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