Ex-ICE agent sentenced for impersonating officer in Kansas

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This Sept. 4, 2019 booking photo provided by the Kingman County Sheriff’s Office shows Andrew John Pleviak. The former agent with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has pleaded guilty to helping an inmate try to escape from a Kansas jail by impersonating an immigration officer. Pleviak pleaded guilty Wednesday, Oct. 16, in Kingman County District Court to making false information and attempted aiding of escape. He’s also charged in federal court with false impersonation of a federal officer. (Kingman County Sheriff’s Office via AP)

This undated photo provided by the Sedgwick County, Kansas, Sheriff’s Office shows, Andrew J. Pleviak. Pleviak, a former agent with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement was sentenced Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020, to nine months in prison for impersonating an immigration supervisor in a foiled attempt to free a Mexican immigrant from a Kansas jail, authorities said. (Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office via AP)

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A former agent with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement was sentenced Tuesday to nine months in prison for impersonating an immigration supervisor in a foiled attempt to free a Mexican immigrant from a Kansas jail, authorities said.

Andrew J. Pleviak, 42, of Topeka pleaded guilty in December to falsely claiming to be an officer of ICE’s Enforcement and Removal Operations, the U.S. attorney’s office said in a news release.

Pleviak identified himself as another man who is an actual ICE agent in an effort on Sept. 3 to get an acquaintance out of the Kingman County jail. He provided a sheriff’s deputy a memorandum on ICE letterhead falsely claiming the inmate was an important confidential informant and saying that ICE would drop the detainer on him.

The man Pleviak tried to sneak out of the county jail, Juan Tapia, was indicted in November on federal charges of using another person’s Social Security number, aggravated identity theft and unlawful possession of a firearm. Tapia is awaiting trial.

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