|For Immediate Release
Case # 08CF1666
June 11, 2008
|Susan Kang Schroeder
Public Affairs Counsel
SECURITY GUARD ARRESTED FOR FALSELY IMPERSONATING HOMELAND SECURITY COUNTERTERRORISM AGENT
SANTA ANA – A retail store security guard is expected to be arraigned today on charges of carrying a loaded firearm while pretending to be a counterterrorism agent with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Kevin Javaheri, 39, Pasadena, is charged with one felony count of possession of a forged government seal, and misdemeanors for carrying a loaded firearm in public and misrepresenting oneself as a peace officer with a sentencing enhancement for impersonating a peace officer during the commission of a felony. Javaheri is expected to be held on $25,000 bail and faces a maximum sentence of four years if convicted. He is expected to be arraigned this afternoon, Wednesday, June 11, 2008, at 1:30 p.m. at the Central Justice Center in Santa Ana. The Department is to be determined.
At approximately 1:00 p.m. on Feb. 27, 2008, Javaheri is accused of carrying a loaded firearm in a shoulder holster through a parking lot in Orange. He is accused of attaching a false identification badge to the holster. The badge identified Javaheri by name and picture as an agent of the “United States Department of Homeland Security” assigned to “Counter Terrorism [sic] Intelligence Operations,” and contained the official seal of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Javaheri is accused of keeping several fake business cards on his person and in his car which identified him as a federal agent of the Department of Homeland Security’s Counterterrorism Intelligence Operations.
Officers from the Orange Police Department responded to a call of a man with a firearm and located the defendant at a nearby restaurant. Javaheri is accused of fraudulently claiming to the officers that he was a federal agent. Subsequent investigation revealed that Javaheri is accused of falsely identifying himself as a federal agent to Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department deputies in September 2007 after filing a report that his car had been burglarized.
Anyone with additional information is encouraged to contact Supervising District Attorney Investigator Clint McCall at (714)347-8814. Deputy District Attorney Keith Bogardus of the Special Prosecutions Unit is prosecuting this case.