Federal Eye: Secret Service impersonator arrested for HHS security breach

A Baltimore man pretending to be a U.S. Secret Service agent slipped past security on Saturday at the Department of Health and Human Services in Washington and was not stopped until he got to the sixth-floor suite of offices for Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, authorities said.

Frederick James Nickerson, 46, apparently left the building after being confronted by employees and was arrested Tuesday on charges of impersonating a Secret Service agent. He is being held pending a detention hearing next week in the District’s federal court. No one was hurt in the incident, authorities said.

The Federal Protective Service wrote in court papers that Nickerson flashed what appeared to be a Secret Service badge to security guards, said he was employed by the agency and needed to see Sebelius. Nickerson also motioned to the side of his body as if to suggest he was carrying a gun on his waistband, according to court papers. Nickerson is not an employee of HHS or the Secret Service.

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