Man arrested for impersonating deputy

Feb 12 2010 - 12:56pm

FARR WEST -- A 22-year-old Farr West man was arrested Thursday after authorities say he posed as a sheriff's deputy on several occasions to impress a former girlfriend and several friends.

Cooper David Griffin was booked into Weber County Jail on a charge of impersonating a police officer. An acquaintance recently went to authorities after questioning the validity of Griffin's claim he was a "Weber County Narcotics Agent."

Officials say Griffin showed his friends an authentic-looking badge he had purchased on the Internet to convince them. He reportedly also deceived the group by wearing a dark uniform resembling SWAT attire, including a duty belt, a hat, shirt and a jacket labeled with Weber County Sheriff emblems.

At one point, Griffin took a friend and "went on rounds" to check locations where supposed criminal activities were taking place. Prior to that, Griffin reportedly would discuss his responsibilities as a deputy and even shared with the friends experiences he claimed occurred while on duty, authorities say.

Investigators want anyone with knowledge about this case to call the Weber County Sheriff's Office detective unit at (801) 778-6631.

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