The spokesman an armed militia group that roams the U.S.-Mexico border detaining migrants was arrested and charged with allegedly impersonating a U.S. Border Patrol agent, authorities said Saturday.
Guardian Patriots member Jim Benvie, 44, was named in a federal indictment on two counts of impersonating an officer or employee of the United States, according to ABC 7 KVIA.
According to the U.S. Department of Justice, the alleged incidents happened on April 15 and 17 in Doña Ana County, New Mexico.
The Albuquerque Journal reported that the indictment returned by a New Mexico federal grand jury this past week specified Benvie had impersonated a Border Patrol agent on those two occasions.
Benvie was arrested in Guthrie, Oklahoma by the FBI and local authorities last week following the indictment and made an initial appearance in court last week, according to KVIA.
If convicted, Benvie could face up to three years in federal prison.
ABC 7 adds:
Benvie is also facing a separate, unrelated fraud charge in Oklahoma for allegedly running a child-cancer charity scam. State authorities there accuse Benvie of pocketing money that he collected on behalf of an 11-year-old boy suffering from cancer.