A Florida man allegedly posed as all of the above, in a fascinating Walter Mitty-esque existence which unraveled after police searched his home and uncovered his stash of alter-egos, CNN reports:
A man arrested with a stash of fake military, law enforcement and medical paraphernalia — including badges and uniforms — has told investigators he “lives in a fantasy world and he wishes that he were these people,” a police official said Tuesday.
But authorities still aren’t convinced the man, Roy Antigua, 52, is telling the truth. They intend to dig deeper to make sure nothing more sinister was at hand, New Port Richey Police Chief James Steffens said.
The materials found in Antigua’s two homes and Cadillac Escalade included diplomatic license plates and dozens of fake identification cards from the Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Department of Defense, CIA and NASA. The suspect also had access badges to hospitals around Florida, doctor and nurse scrubs, a respiratory technician badge, police blue lights and access stickers to Coast Guard bases around Florida, Steffens said.
Steffens said he met Antigua during a memorial service in May. The man was wearing the blue uniform of a lieutenant commander of the U.S. Coast Guard, Steffens said.