Milwaukee man charged with impersonating an officer

MILWAUKEE (WITI) -- 52-year-old Reinaldo Acosta of Milwaukee appeared in a Milwaukee County courtroom on Friday, June 7th on two charges of impersonating a peace officer.

According to the criminal complaint against Acosta, he identified himself to his victims as "Federal Police, Secret Immigration Police." The complaint says Acosta approached one victim wearing a suit -- and asked for an identification card. Acosta apparently told the victim that acquaintances had accused him of "selling drugs and that he was there to investigate."

The complaint indicates Acosta then demanded the victim show a paycheck stub and later cash the actual paycheck. Acosta then drove the victim to the Police Administration Building in Milwaukee. The complaint says "once they entered the lobby, the defendant told (the victim) he would need $300 to pay a fine." The complaint says after going upstairs and passing through metal detectors, they went to a different area where Acosta told the victim "that he would need another $400."

Acosta also allegedly threatened the victim by stating, "I can take your children and give them to the City, and I can find you wherever you are."

On the very next day, the complaint says Acosta returned to see the victim again. The victim asked for Acosta's name and badge first -- which is when Acosta fled.

Acosta faces a second charge of impersonating a peace officer for similar circumstances.

If convicted in this case, Acosta faces up to six years in prison and $10,000 in fines. Acosta is due in court on Monday, June 17th for his preliminary hearing.

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