- The Washington Times - Tuesday, January 31, 2006

AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

A man who claimed to have worked as a hit man for Interpol and offered costly training courses on human trafficking has been arrested for criminal impersonation.

David Bannon, author of “Race Against Evil: The Secret Missions of the Interpol Agent Who Tracked the World’s Most Sinister Criminals,” was arrested Friday in Boulder, Colo., the Justice Department said.

Using his purported background as an Interpol agent and “expert” in human trafficking, Mr. Bannon solicited fees in excess of $3,000 for speeches and two-day training courses, prosecutors said.

The Justice Department said Mr. Bannon’s credentials were deemed to be “bogus” and his efforts to profit from the deception to be illegal.

As well as criminal impersonation, he was charged with computer crime and attempted theft.

The Justice Department statement included a comment from the Interpol General Secretariat in Lyon, France, dismissing Mr. Bannon’s assertions.

“The claims in Mr. Bannon’s book can only be seen as deceptive and irresponsible fantasy,” Interpol said, adding that there was no record of him ever being employed by the agency.

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