Ocala, Florida - Derry Wayne Lambert (52, Belleview) has pleaded guilty to the false impersonation of a federal officer, with potential imprisonment of up to three years. The announcement was made by United States Attorney Roger B. Handberg.
The incident occurred on July 31, 2023, when a deputy from the Marion County Sheriff’s Office encountered Lambert driving a pickup truck equipped with red/blue emergency lights and an audible siren, devoid of any agency markings. Lambert, when confronted, falsely identified himself as a Deputy United States Marshal from Texas. Despite lacking law enforcement credentials, Lambert sported a hat bearing the inscription "Police - U.S. Marshal" and presented the deputy with a fraudulent U.S. Marshal badge.
Further investigation by authorities revealed that Lambert had no legitimate affiliation with the U.S. Marshals Service. Additionally, a .380 caliber pistol was discovered in the center console of Lambert's truck during the inquiry.
The case was jointly investigated by the Marion County Sheriff’s Office and the U.S. Marshals Service, highlighting the collaborative efforts of local and federal law enforcement agencies. Assistant United States Attorney Sarah Janette Swartzberg is prosecuting the case.
Lambert's guilty plea underscores the severity of the charges, emphasizing the consequences individuals may face for impersonating federal officers and unlawfully possessing firearms. The legal proceedings will determine the final outcome of the case, potentially leading to Lambert's incarceration for a maximum of three years.
As the justice system takes its course, this incident serves as a reminder of the vigilance exercised by law enforcement agencies in ensuring the safety and integrity of their respective jurisdictions.