Undercover FBI investigation snares hundreds of fake badges

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On Thursday, federal authorities told AP that undercover investigators surfing the Internet bought more than 900 black-market law enforcement badges, to include FBI and Secret Service shields.

FBI spokesman Jon Stephens told AP that a Florida man with no known ties to terrorists is a suspect in the case but has not yet been arrested.

"The individual trafficking these badges was selling them for profit, including selling them to foreign nationals," FBI agent Doug Riggin told AP. "He had no idea what they were going to be used for."

Undercover investigators in Tennessee and Florida bought the badges, both real and counterfeit. According to AP, the badges represented more than 40 federal, state and local agencies.

They included shields from the Border Patrol, the Postal Police, the Drug Enforcement Agency, military police, security police from Air Force One and police departments in at least 20 states, AP Reports.

One of the shields was an official Utah Highway Patrol badge for the 2002 Winter Olympics, which begin next week in Salt Lake City.

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