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Catch him if you can: Man poses as U.S. attorney to get out of jail

jailSEATTLE — Identity theft is what landed Muhammed Tillisy in hot water with the Feds in the first place, but posing as a Assistant U.S. Attorney to get out of their clutches could have him facing even more charges.

Tillisy, who had served time for fraud, was released on probation in February 2012, court documents state. About three months after his release from prison, Tillisy’s probation officer filed a petition for his arrest after he had violated the terms of his parole. Within a week, Tillisy was picked up, and was being held in the Snohomish County Jail.

According to court documents, terms of his incarceration stated that if he were to be released for any reason, he could not be released back into the community.

An investigation in September 2012 revealed that Tillisy made a number of calls to an acquaintance as well as the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Washington and the U.S. Marshals Service. In these calls Tillisy allegedly sussed out the name of the federal attorney who was prosecuting his case and then, posing as that attorney, contacted the Marshals office requesting a fax allowing for his release from the Snohomish County Jail  to “DOC.”

Once he received confirmation that a fax was on his way, he then contacted the Snohomish County Records Office and, again posing as the Assistant U.S. District Attorney, informed them they would be receiving a fax that rescinded the Marshal’s hold on inmate Tillisy.

The next day, Tillisy posted $25,000 in bail and was released from jail within 24 hours. However, his freedom didn’t last long — Tillisy was apprehended by U.S. Marshals two days later.

He could now face one count of impersonating an Assistant U.S. Attorney, one count of identity theft and one count of impersonation of a federal official.

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6 Comments to “Catch him if you can: Man poses as U.S. attorney to get out of jail”

    Daff said:
    September 18, 2013 at 4:16 AM

    Genius!

    huh? said:
    September 18, 2013 at 7:51 AM

    what part of this statement makes no sense?:

    According to court documents, terms of his incarceration stated that if he were to be released for any reason, he could not be released back into the community.

    ok… then where in the heck is he suppose to go in this country, considering community is everywhere. unless, he's talking about living in the damn woods.

      reen said:
      September 18, 2013 at 1:49 PM

      I had to read that like 4 times and it still makes no sense!

    Jim Oliver said:
    September 18, 2013 at 3:23 PM

    Makes you scratch your head. I had to read that part twice then gave up

    guest tonight said:
    September 18, 2013 at 4:38 PM

    I read that he arranged to be released to DOC, that is, the department of corrections. Essentially, it seemed to be a transfer from one holding arrangement to another, jail to jail, as it were, and not out into community, the free world, at all. That's how I took it, anyway.

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