Catch him if you can: Man poses as U.S. attorney to get out of jail

SEATTLE — Identity theft is what landed Muhammed Tillisy in hot water with the Feds in the first place, but posing as an Assistant U.S. Attorney to get out of their clutches could have him facing even more charges.

Tillisy, who had served time for fraud, was released on probation in February 2012, court documents state. About three months after his release from prison, Tillisy’s probation officer filed a petition for his arrest after he violated the terms of his parole. Within a week, Tillisy was picked up and was being held in the Snohomish County Jail.

According to court documents, terms of his incarceration stated that if he were to be released for any reason, he could not be released back into the community.

An investigation in September 2012 revealed that Tillisy made a number of calls to an acquaintance as well as the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Washington and the U.S. Marshals Service. In these calls Tillisy allegedly sussed out the name of the federal attorney who was prosecuting his case and then, posing as that attorney, contacted the Marshals office requesting a fax allowing for his release from the Snohomish County Jail  to “DOC.”

Once he received confirmation that a fax was on his way, he then contacted the Snohomish County Records Office and, again posing as the Assistant U.S. District Attorney, informed them they would be receiving a fax that rescinded the hold on inmate Tillisy.

The next day, Tillisy posted $25,000 in bail and was released from jail within 24 hours. However, his freedom didn’t last long — Tillisy was apprehended by U.S. Marshals two days later.

He could now face charges of one count of identity theft and one count of impersonation of a federal official.

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