OC Fed Court Dismisses Celebrity Bodyguard Impersonation Case

A federal judge dismissed the impersonation case against a wannabe bodyguard who allegedly passed himself off as a Homeland Security Agent to get a job protecting Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie.

After the prosecution presented its case against Nelson Mercado, defense attorney Bob Ross asked the judge to dismiss the case because the government didn't prove Mercado took any action after
saying he was a federal agent.

"Merely misrepresenting your identity is not a crime," Ross said told U.S. District Judge Cormac J. Carney.

The judge granted the motion and the case was dismissed.

Had he been convicted, Mercado could have been sentenced to three years in federal prison.

Prosecutors said Mercado told Sunset Protective Services and Investigations he was a special agent with the Department of Homeland Security who worked on his own time for famous athletes and entertainers.

Sunset had represented Pitt and Jolie and Mercado specifically requested work with the celebrity couple, investigators said.

Mercado, who didn't get the job, also drove a Ford Crown Victoria commonly used by law enforcement.

The vehicle had a police light and was fraudulently registered to a "U.S. Department of Homeland Security of America," according to authorities.


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