Man Accused of Impersonating Immigration Agent Arrested in Orange

Police stopped a man who they said was driving without headlights in Orange last Tuesday night and arrested the passenger when officers realized that the man who said he was a training officer with Homeland Security was impersonating an Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agent, according to police.

Officers stopped a 53-year-old New Haven man on Boston Post Road just before 7:30 p.m. on Jan. 30 because the headlights were not on and saw the passenger, 37-year-old Scott Gilmore, of Milford, who was wearing clothing and equipment that identified him as an Immigrations and Customs Enforcement agent, police said.

Officers also saw real and facsimile firearms in the backseat of the vehicle and knives as well as survival and surveillance equipment inside the vehicle.

Gilmore told officers he was a training officer with Homeland Security/ICE, but later admitted he bought the equipment and clothing on the internet and was not a law enforcement officer, police said. 

Officers took Gilmore into custody and charged him with impersonating an officer, interfering with an officer and weapons in a motor vehicle.

The driver was charged with operating a motor vehicle while under suspension and driving without headlights.

Gilmore was released after posting $5,000 bond and is due in court on Feb. 13.

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