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Tuesday, February 26, 2008

What is criminal impersonation?

What is criminal impersonation?

Under Oregon Revised Statute 162.365, a person commits the crime of criminal impersonation if, with intent to obtain a benefit or to injure, deceive or defraud another, the person falsely impersonates a public servant and does an act in such assumed character.

Criminal impersonation is a Class A misdemeanor, but it can be a Class C felony if the public servant impersonated is a peace officer, judge or justice of the peace.

Salem Fire Department spokesman Bill Holmstrom said that any off-duty trained paramedics or medical personnel who are at the scene at the time emergency responders arrive automatically identify themselves and allow Salem firefighter/paramedics to take over treatment. Suspicious behavior by a bystander would trigger an investigation, Holmstrom said.


The Marion County Sheriff's Office is investigating. Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Eric Jaroch at (503) 588-7916.


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