Man charged with posing as Secret Service agent

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal authorities have arrested and charged a man for entering U.S. Health and Human Services headquarters by posing as a U.S. Secret Service agent who needed to meet with Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office says 46-year-old Frederick James Nickerson was arrested Tuesday and charged with pretending to be a Secret Service Special Agent.

Documents filed in U.S. District Court says Nickerson told security staff on Saturday he needed to see Sebelius and showed them Secret Service credentials and a badge. He then went to the floor where her office is located.

The filing says somebody recognized him from photos circulated at HHS as warning that he was barred from the building. It was unclear why Nickerson was not allowed at the HHS offices.