Man Wanted for Allegedly Producing Fake CIA and FBI Badges
Feds are seeking the public’s help to find the counterfeiter.
By GENEVA SANDS
March 31, 2016, 11:29 PM
• 3 min read
-- Federal authorities are trying to track down a man who allegedly manufactured and sold fake U.S. law enforcement badges from the CIA, FBI and Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).
Those badges were used to attempt to enter restricted U.S. facilities and impersonate federal agents, according to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
ICE said Thursday that it’s seeking the public’s help to find Romanian national Roberto Craciunica, 34, who is believed to be living in Germany. He is accused of operating a company that manufactured and sold the badges.
In one case, a man allegedly impersonated an HSI agent, using one of the company's fake badges to enter the Naval Nuclear Training Command in South Carolina while armed with a Sig Sauer pistol last August. The suspect was indicted, officials said.
In January 2014, a man attempted to gain access to a secure area of Reagan National Airport using a counterfeit CIA badge, but was stopped when Transportation Security Administration (TSA)officers noticed inconsistencies with his statements and credentials.
Craciunica’s company, Master Equipment, allegedly manufactured and distributed counterfeit U.S. law enforcement badges from January 2010 to September 2015.
The suspect, who is also wanted by Interpol, allegedly sold these badges through websites and instructed buyers to pay for them using Western Union and Paypal.
Craciunica is wanted on charges related to manufacturing and distributing counterfeit badges, including trafficking in counterfeit goods; smuggling; and possession, sale or transportation of false seals.
Agents seized fake badges and seals purchased from Web domains operated by his company.
He was indicted in October 2015 in the Eastern District of Virginia. The investigation is ongoing, said ICE.