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We have a two-tiered system of justice. Period.
At a time when a 69-year-old Republican- American grandmother of five from Indiana, who has cancer, was arrested and imprisoned after being invited into the US Capitol On Jan. 6th, we have a Democrat staffer with access to the same building who has been released from consequences for impersonating an FBI agent and endangering the US Secret Service.
“Shocker. Another felonious Capitol Hill Democrat. Eye Roll,” posted one Twitter user in the perfect description of what is happening in this story.
In 2020, Sterling Devion Carter, 25, a staffer for Rep. Brad Schneider (D-Ill.), led bike cops on a chase through Washington, D.C., after impersonating an FBI agent.
Carter had crafted a fake police cruiser complete with a spotlight and dashboard laptop mount.
He escaped the officers but was tracked down weeks later in his parent’s home state of Georgia.
Carter, after being investigated, was also found to have raised his salary significantly by forging signatures and submitting unauthorized documents, adding to a list of wanton criminal activity.
But we are just finding out about the details of MAGA impersonation now.
Democrat Congressional Staffer Poses as FBI Agent at Trump Rally, Leads Secret Service on Chase in DC, Steals $80,000,” Paul Sacca reported last week for The Blaze.
Jon Doughtery reported for Conservative Brief on some details, saying, “a Democratic staffer faced some major legal problems after pulling a stunt at a Trump rally on November 14, 2020.
According to court documents, the Democratic staffer reportedly posed as an FBI agent at the rally before leading police and Secret Service on a chance through Washington, D.C. The documents noted that the suspect was finally arrested after a T-shirt he was wearing tipped off law enforcement.”
Before he was busted, however, he secretly gave himself a massive raise of $80,000, a report citing the court papers.
According to court documents, a staffer for Rep. Brad Schneider (D-Ill.) quietly resigned after he was accused of impersonating an FBI agent during a Trump rally on Nov. 14, 2020. Sterling Devion Carter allegedly showed up at a MAGA rally in Washington, D.C., but was posing as a fake FBI agent.
The Daily Beast added, “Carter, who was standing near his parked car, was wearing a black T-shirt that read ‘federal agent,’ a police duty belt, a Glock pistol, extra ammunition, handcuffs, a radio, and an earpiece.”
“He apparently pulled off the hoax so successfully that, according to the report, people in the Trump crowd were thanking him for his service.
He was driving a blue Ford Taurus, which resembled an unmarked police vehicle. The car even had blue emergency lights, a driver’s door spotlight, a laptop mount on the dash, and its back seats that were partitioned off from the front to transport prisoners,” Sacca reported.
According to the report, Carter had turned on the flashing lights during the rally, which caught the attention of a pair of plainclothes Secret Service officers.
The court documents said that the officers noted that the vehicle’s license plate was much bolder and longer than normal tags from Washington, D.C., leading them to become suspicious so they ran the plates, which did not turn up any results.
The Blaze adds:
The officers went to inspect the unusual police cruiser and approached Carter. The law enforcement agents noted that Carter placed his pistol magazines behind his handgun – which would make it difficult for an officer to reload his gun during a firefight. The officers also noticed that Carter’s badge was unrecognizable.
Carter then got into his car and drove away with the emergency lights flashing.
The officers contacted the United States Secret Service Joint Operations Center to see if any other federal law enforcement agencies were assisting in controlling the crowds. Unfortunately, there were no uniformed federal agents working that day.
One agent took off after Carter on an electric bike, at times reaching speeds of 35 miles per hour during his pursuit through the D.C. streets. But eventually, the Secret Service agent broke off the chase for “officer safety reasons,” allowing Carter to elude him,
At that, the FBI, Secret Service, Capitol Police, and D.C. Metropolitan Police all launched an investigation into the incident, court papers, and an accompanying report noted.
The Blaze noted further:
The suspect was described by Secret Service agents as a black male, approximately 25-30 years old. Based on law enforcement databases, only one customer fit the description: Sterling Carter.
However, law enforcement did not discover that Carter was a Democratic congressional staffer until three weeks after the Secret Service chase. During that time, Carter was a credentialed staffer who had access to the U.S. Capitol building.
For over a year, Carter — who served as Schneider’s operations director and was responsible for payroll and bonus payments — gave himself an $80,000 raise, boosting his congressional staffer salary from $54,000 to $138,000.
After a manhunt, Carter was arrested in Georgia, his parent’s home state. In court, Carter admitted that he openly carried a handgun in D.C., which is highly illegal.
“Federal prosecutors dropped the law enforcement impersonation charge, and he narrowly avoided prison time (When Carter pleaded guilty at 24, he barely made the age cutoff to take part in a local District of Columbia prison diversion program for young first-time offenders, according to his lawyer),” according to media reports.
Carter pleaded guilty to “theft of public funds in connection with his scheme to fraudulently inflate his salary and bonus payments, thereby paying himself more than he was legitimately owed,” in February, according to a Department of Justice press release.
He was sentenced to nine months in federal prison last week over the theft of public funds. His lawyer said that Carter would be turning himself in soon to begin the sentence, reports added.