A Las Cruces man who was allegedly producing phony credentials in the name of the U.S. Secret Service and other agencies has been summoned to appear before a federal magistrate in Albuquerque on Thursday for arraignment.
Richard A. Stack, 71, is charged in a grand jury indictment with frauds and related activity connected to identification documents. The three counts allege he produced a counterfeit federal Air Marshal identification and Secret Service credentials in the name “Anthony Scott.”
A search warrant affidavit sworn by an FBI agent for a search of Stack’s Monte Bello Drive home in June says the FBI learned of apparently fraudulent ID badges from authorities in Canberra, New South Wales, Australia, in September 2011.
Police there conducted a residential search that led to the seizure of drugs, cash, illegal weapons and “a large quantity” of apparently fraudulent identification badges for the National Security Agency, Central Intelligence Agency and other organizations. They also took documents “of possible sensitivity relating to U.S. law enforcement.”
Stack’s name appeared on one “possibly fraudulent” document.
Stack could not be reached for comment Tuesday, and it was not clear if he has an attorney.
His name came up again in a Boston investigation, leading a Secret Service agent to set up a covert email and buy items from Stack on eBay – Air Marshal credentials for $110 and Secret Service credentials for $125 – in January 2012.
Another agent took items from Stack’s recycling bin, including Homeland Security credentials and certificates from other federal agencies – certificates in various names with seals from the CIA, Department of Defense and National Counter Terrorism Center.
On an eBay post, a person fitting Stack’s description described himself as a Boston Irishman and former federal criminal agent who spent four years in the Air Force and sold law enforcement collectibles on a website, Worldintel.com.
Among items seized from Stack’s home were a binder containing law enforcement certificates, law enforcement badge holder and wallets, an NSA concealed carry permit, Russian certificates, gun course certificates, embosser and eBay records and credentials from 2010.
Federal law makes it a crime to manufacture, sell or possess any badge, ID card or insignia prescribed by the head of a U.S. department or agency, or to transfer an ID document or authentication feature with the intent it will be used to make a false ID document.
Stack faces a maximum penalty of 15 years in prison and a $250,000 fine on each of the three charges in the indictment.
Resident Agent in Charge Richard Ferretti of the U.S. Secret Service said the fake credentials “could have allowed an unauthorized subject to gain access to federally protected facilities or aircraft and thus erode the public’s trust in law enforcement.”
— This article appeared on page C1 of the Albuquerque Journal