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    An IT engineer employed by the Washington Post was arrested last month for allegedly impersonating an Immigration and Customs Enforcement officer, and trying to enforce laws.

    Itai Ozderman, 35, who currently lives in Maryland, is accused of dressing as an ICE agent, complete with bulletproof vest with the ICE logo, in Falls Church, Virginia, on multiple occasions.

    When a SWAT team raided his home on February 22, they discovered body armor, tactical vests, ammunition, and 10 weapons, including several handguns, rifles, and a shotgun. He also had a Baltimore County Police Department badge and a fully-functioning police radio.

    Ozderman was born in Israel and has never worked for ICE, or any police department, according to the Department of Homeland Security. He had been working at the Washington Post for approximately two years, and was previously at a software company. It is unclear when he moved to the United States.

    "All we have to share is that we are aware of the story and looking into it," Washington Post Director of Communications Shani George told ABC7 News on Monday.

    Ozderman has been charged in Montgomery County with impersonating an officer and transporting a handgun in a vehicle. It is likely that the case will be handed over to the FBI, however.

    If the case stays in local courts, the suspect faces up to five years in prison and/or $4,500 in fines.

    Ozderman was released on bail the same day he was arrested, and is scheduled to appear in court again in April.

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