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Female ex-convict who impersonated FBI agent on online dating sites by posing with fake badge and a stolen gun gets three years in prison

Daily Mail logo Daily Mail 4/25/2020 Associated Press and Snejana Farberov For Dailymail.com

a group of people posing for the camera: Dressed to kill: Riane Brownlee, 39, a con artist from North Carolina, has been sentenced to three years for impersonating an FBI agent on dating websites and posing with a fake badge and a stolen gun

Dressed to kill: Riane Brownlee, 39, a con artist from North Carolina, has been sentenced to three years for impersonating an FBI agent on dating websites and posing with a fake badge and a stolen gun
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A North Carolina woman with a long criminal history was sentenced to three years in federal prison for impersonating an FBI agent on online dating sites, and on a date.

Riane Leigh Brownlee, 39, who identified herself as Agent Alexandria Mancini, posed in a dating profile with a fake FBI badge and a stolen gun, the US Attorney's Office for the Western District of North Carolina said Thursday in a news release.

Photos from Brownlee's dating profile included in court documents as evidence exhibits show the brunette Monroe resident posing in different tops, but always displaying her fake badge, ID card and handgun.

According to court records, Brownlee's ex-husband found photos of hers masquerading as a federal agent on a dating site, WSOC-TV reported in June.

An acquaintance later told detectives that Brownlee met men online for sex and then stole their credit card numbers. 

The day she got arrested in February 2019, she told a date she was working as an undercover agent in a drug case.

Brownlee later lied to the man that she had to keep her identity secret from local law enforcement because she was operating undercover. 

Court records indicate that police recovered from the stolen vehicle Brownlee was driving a stolen loaded gun and a fake FBI identification badge bearing Brownlee’s photo and the name 'FBI Special Agent Alexandria Mancini.' 

Brownlee's prior record includes felony convictions on charges of identity theft, felony worthless checks and possession of stolen motor vehicle.

Being a convicted felon, she is prohibited from possessing a firearm or ammunition. 

'Her record paints a picture of a person who will not be stopped from stealing people´s identity and using falsehoods to get what she wants,' said Assistant US Attorney Steven Kaufmann.

Bronwlee's 37-month prison sentence will be followed by three years of supervised release.  

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