February 27, 2009

Police: Man posed as U.S. air marshal

Police said a man was arrested in Miami after he allegedly posed as an air marshal to get on a plane after the gate had closed.

Miami-Dade police said Mark Rimkufski, 49, used a toy Fisher Island Chief of Police badge to convince airline employees that he was a federal air marshal, but the ruse was uncovered once he boarded the plane and was confronted by real air marshals, The Miami Herald reported Friday.

Rimkufski was scheduled to appear in Miami-Dade court Thursday on charges of falsely impersonating a law enforcement officer, but he was absent from court due to hospitalization for an unspecified ailment.

Authorities said Rimkufski also faces a federal charge of impersonating an air marshal. At the time of his arrest, he was found to be carrying nearly $14,000 and was planning to travel to Los Angeles, Hawaii and Dubai.