Charleston Man Pleads Guilty to Impersonation


A Charleston man has pleaded guilty to impersonating a federal law enforcement officer.

The U.S. attorney’s office says 52-year-old John E. Swain II entered his guilty plea Wednesday in federal court in Charleston. Swain faces up to three years in prison when he is sentenced on Feb. 23.

Authorities say that in April, Swain chased a Ford Explorer on Interstate 77 while a passenger in his car waved a badge that appeared to belong to a United States marshal. The Explorer was driven by an undercover Kanawha County detective, who pulled over. After Swain sped away, detective followed and stopped him.

Swain claimed to be a U.S. marshal from Richmond. The detective checked out the story and found it wasn’t true. Swain bought the fake badge online.