- Associated Press - Thursday, February 4, 2016

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - A Las Vegas man has been sentenced to a year of probation for falsely impersonating a federal officer.

Authorities say 37-year-old Leon Herrera had pleaded guilty to impersonating a U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration special agent in Colfax County in December 2014.

According to court documents, Herrera says he did so at the behest of a friend who worked as a deputy sheriff. The friend had been conducting a traffic stop when he found about $8,000 in a motorists’ vehicle.

Herrera says his friend called him and asked him to pretend to be federal officer intent on seizing the money. Herrera says his friend planned to keep most of it but give a cut to Herrera.

The motorists turned out to be undercover law enforcement officers. The money belonged to the FBI.

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