3 People Accused Of Impersonating Police Officers

3 People Accused Of Impersonating Police Officers
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On Wednesday, three people named Brandon Kiel, David Henry and Tonette Hayes were arrested for impersonating police officers in a department that claims to have existed for 3,000 years with authority to control 33 states and Mexico. One among the three suspects works for California Attorney General Kamala Harris, the Associated Press reported.


Sheriff’s spokeswoman Nicole Nishida said they suspect the involvement of more people in the matter. When search operations were carried in their house, officials found identity cards, uniforms and many other evidences.

However, Nishida said there was no proof that claims the group were involved in law enforcement activities.

State records say Hayes, 59, worked as a licensed security guard and possesses a firearm permit. She previously owned Masonic Security Service. She along with Henry runs the Beverly Hills-based MIB Investigative Agency, the state license of which is suspended.

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Henry is also a licensed security guard and like Hayes, he, too, has a firearm permit. The third person, Kiel, 31, served as a deputy director of community affairs at the California Department of Justice since July 2013 and was on paid administrative leave since Thursday.

Spokesman of California Department of Justice David Beltran said the agency can’t comment on the on-going criminal investigation upon Kiel. He said Kiel “worked with members of the public basically on issues and questions regarding the work of the department.”

Kiel, Hayes and Henry were arrested on April 30 but were later released. Ricardo Santiago, a spokesman for the district attorney’s office, said that the three were charged with numerous counts of impersonating an officer and other delinquency.

The three of them raised doubts when police chiefs in California received a letter in late January announcing new leadership for the Masonic Fraternal Police Department.

The letter obtained by the Associated Press stated Kiel as the new chief board of director and Hayes as the grand chief director. It also has an emblem with Henry’s name written below.

Capt. Roosevelt Johnson of Santa Clarita Valley’s sheriff’s department said he had a meeting with the members of the Masonic Fraternal Police Department on February 4.

“Brandon Kiel gave me a business card from the Department of Justice, showing he worked out of Kamala Harris’ office,” Johnson said. “That really raised red flags for me.”