Courier Busted By FBI For Impersonating Federal Officer

By Devin Sanchez
NewsWest 9

A man posing as a federal agent in Andrews, found himself on the other side of the law, after he was arrested by the FBI on Thursday.

Police say the impersonator went door-to-door asking for donations to promote drug awareness.

Marcus Richardson works for Telepro Promotional Concepts, a business out of Tyler, Texas, that raises money for non-profit organizations.

"Mr. Richardson is a courier. He's actually an independent contractor," Paul Pasterczyk, the owner of the company, told NewsWest 9.

But that's not what Richardson told people in Andrews.

According to the criminal complaint, he told them he was a federal agent, in order to get money from them.

"We're a legitimate company, we're registered and we're bonded. These non-profits that contract with us, need the funds to keep their operating budgets going," Pasterczyk said.

He said his company is currently in the process of raising money for the Federal Officers' Association of Texas.

NewsWest 9 looked up the non-profit and it is registered with the Texas Attorney General.

The problem is, Richardson was going to restaurants in Andrews and told the owners several different things. He tried to get them to donate money, sometimes to the organization and sometimes to something that doesn't even exist, like the Andrews DEA.

"I just can't see that Marcus would go out there and say that, we have nothing to do with that. Maybe somebody's thinking this is for the DEA," Pasterczyk said.

But, in the complaint, Richardson always identified himself as a federal agent.

The complaint also said on Monday, the Andrews County Sheriff's office received calls about a border patrol agent trying to get money.

Then on Wednesday, the Andrews Police Department got calls about a federal officer trying to solicit money.

Richardson had his initial hearing on Friday.

But Pasterczyk maintained that Richardson was misunderstood and even hinted that the city wanted him out of there.

"I'm thinking, to be quite honest with you, somebody misinterpreted," he said, adding, "They just didn't like us in their town, the fact that we were fundraising there in Andrews, they didn't like it. I don't know. "

Pasterczyk claimed he had no clue Richardson falsely identified himself and that this is not something he has ever dealt with.

"I've been in business for 30 years and we've never had this problem," he said.