DEERFIELD BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Two men are accused of pretending to be federal marshals and flashing phony credentials to get out of wearing facial coverings at a South Florida resort hotel.
Staff at the Wyndham Deerfield Beach Resort asked 53-year-old Walter Wayne Brown Jr. and 81-year-old Gary Brummett to cover their faces. But they refused and threatened to arrest employees and saddle the hotel with a fine.
The scheme collapsed when one employee thought they were acting suspicious and called police on Feb. 11.
Officers and a real U.S. marshal arrived and arrested the men on charges of impersonating a federal officer. Both men remain in jail.