- The Washington Times - Saturday, March 14, 2009

CHICAGO (AP) - A suburban Chicago man is accused of impersonating a police officer and extorting money from a victim for a year, authorities said Saturday.

Raul Eiseman, 44, of Des Plaines, was charged Thursday with impersonating an officer, aggravated unlawful use of a weapon and aggravated assault. It was not immediately clear if he had an attorney.

Police said he tricked a 43-year-old man into making weekly payments by saying he was a Chicago police officer. They wouldn’t say how much money was involved.

Police set up surveillance and arrested Eiseman Thursday when he showed up for a meeting with the victim. He was carrying a 9 mm handgun, a fake police badge and handcuffs, police said.

Earlier this year, a 14-year-old boy was charged with impersonating a Chicago police officer. After that incident, Mayor Richard Daley demanded accountability from police supervisors who were on duty at the time.

Chicago police have said there were 20 cases of people impersonating an officer in 2007 and 24 in 2008.

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