SC man sentenced for impersonating NCIS officer

COLUMBIA, SC (WCSC) - A Ladson man was sentenced in federal court Tuesday for impersonating a Naval officer to gain access to a military installation in North Charleston.

Harry Edgar Lewis, III, 55, was convicted of impersonating a Naval Criminal Investigations Service officer to gain access to the Naval Weapons Station in North Charleston and carrying a firearm with the intent of using it in a crime.

Lewis was sentenced to the time he had already served, 73 days, and three years of supervised release.

Prosecutors showed Lewis had been working at NWS for the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command, but was terminated. After his termination, Lewis forged credentials showing he was an NCIS officer.

On August 12, 2009, he entered NWS using the forged identification and dressed in an NCIS hat, badge, handcuffs and a loaded handgun in a shoulder harness. He used the credentials to gain access to secure areas of the facility and asked to speak to a person in reference to his recent termination, said prosecutors.

Lewis confronted the person who asked him to leave.

Lewis was arrested at his home later that day where investigators found the items used to impersonate an NCIS officer.

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