Federal grand jury indicts former assistant harbor master

Man charged with impersonating federal officer, making false statements

BOSTON - A federal grand jury today indicted Stephen Grant, 48, a former assistant harbor master in Chatham, on two counts of impersonating a federal officer and two counts of making false statements.

Federal authorities said Grant, who now lives in Rockland, represented that he was a Department of Homeland Security officer on a commercial flight from Boston to San Diego, Calif., on Jan. 1, 2007, and on a return flight from San Diego to Boston on Jan. 4, 2007.

Authorities say Grant, director of sales for a medical supply company in Boston, flashed his assistant harbormaster's badge before boarding the flight; filled out a flying-while-armed form; and represented that he was a Homeland Security agent. On his return flight, authorities say, Grant again falsely stated he was a Homeland Security agent flying armed. On the basis of those statements, he was invited into the cockpit and told the identity of the two air marshals on the flight.

Grant was arrested Nov. 25 by federal agents, and charged with impersonating a federal agent and making false statements. He was released on a $50,000 unsecured bond.

A Justice Department spokeswoman said the indictment was the next necessary step in the prosecution of the case.

A charge of impersonating a federal agent carries a maximum penalty of three years, and making a false statement carries a maximum penalty of five years. Each carries a fine up to $250,000.

Read the indictment here.

Read the affidavit of the federal agent who investigated the case here.

Read previous coverage of the case here.

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