Ex-ICE agent from Topeka faces federal charges for impersonating officer

In this photo provided by the Kingman County Sheriff’s Office, Andrew John Pleviak is pictured in a booking photo dated Sept. 4, 2019. (Kingman County Sheriff’s Office via AP) (Associated Press)
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WICHITA, Kan. (AP) - A federal grand jury has indicted a former agent with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement accused of helping an inmate escape from a local Kansas jail by impersonating an immigration officer.

Forty-two-year-old Andrew J. Pleviak, of Topeka, was indicted Wednesday on a charge of false impersonation of a federal officer.

He is accused of falsely identifying himself as another man who is an actual ICE agent in an effort on Sept. 3 to free an inmate held at the Kingman County jail. He allegedly provided a sheriff's deputy a memorandum on ICE letterhead falsely claiming the inmate was an important confidential informant and saying that ICE would drop the detainer on him.

Pleviak also faces state charges , including attempted aiding of escape, false impersonation and forgery. His defense attorney declined comment.

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