By CBSLA Staff

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — A man who worked as a security guard at an Orange County retirement community pleaded guilty Wednesday to a felony charge for pretending to be a federal agent.

(U.S. DOJ)

Donovan Pham Nguyen, 34, pleaded guilty to one count of impersonating a federal officer, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

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According to the plea agreement, Nguyen began working at the retirement community’s private security company in 2015. While employed by the company, Nguyen falsely told his coworkers that he was a special agent with Homeland Security Investigations and used that falsely assumed title to conduct traffic stops of his coworkers and search them — neither of which he was allowed to do as part of his actual job.

Nguyen also admitted that in May 2019 he falsely claimed to be a special agent with HSI to the U.S. Department of State’s Diplomatic Security Service as agents were preparing to execute an arrest warrant at the retirement community, according to court filings.

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He further admitted that he falsely told a Riverside County District Attorney’s Office employee in June that he was an HSI special agent and discussed a pending investigation, including HSI’s involvement, with the employee.

Nguyen is scheduled to be sentenced Feb. 3. He faces up to three years in federal prison.

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