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Indiana man posed as US marshal to con thousands from Tennessee hotel

Sometimes getting a quick deal can be costly in the long run.

An Indiana man pleaded guilty to impersonating a law enforcement officer after prosecutors said he had repeatedly claimed to be a U.S. Marshal in order to get a hotel discount, the Knoxville News Sentinel reported.

Anthony Taylor tricked a Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, hotel into giving him discounts totaling thousands of dollars during at least 10 trips over five years, according to the report, which cited court records.

An Indiana man pleaded guilty to impersonating a law enforcement officer after prosecutors said he had repeatedly claimed to be a U.S. Marshal in order to get a hotel discount. (Google Maps)

An Indiana man pleaded guilty to impersonating a law enforcement officer after prosecutors said he had repeatedly claimed to be a U.S. Marshal in order to get a hotel discount. (Google Maps)

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Taylor would pay the hotel in cash and flash a badge to get a discount. On more than one occasion he even told the clerk “to wash her hands after handling the money as it was confiscated drug money he had received as bonuses for ‘busts,’” prosecutors wrote in court records, per the News Sentinel.

However, staff at the hotel eventually got suspicious. When Taylor made a reservation to stay at the hotel again in April of 2019, a manager checked with the U.S. Marshals Service to verify Taylor’s employment, according to the report.

The man tricked a hotel into giving him discounts totaling thousands of dollars during at least 10 trips over five years. (SpringHill Suites)

The man tricked a hotel into giving him discounts totaling thousands of dollars during at least 10 trips over five years. (SpringHill Suites)

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When Taylor and his wife arrived for their visit, two Marshals in plainclothes were waiting for him in the lobby and pulled him aside, according to the report. They asked Taylor if he’d been telling hotel workers that he was a deputy U.S. Marshal, and he admitted he “was doing it to get the government discount.”

Taylor agreed to a plea deal in September, according to the report. Sentencing hasn’t been scheduled yet.

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He’s not the only one to get in trouble lately for allegedly impersonating a federal law enforcement officer.

Police in Dallas, Georgia, arrested a woman earlier this month after she claimed to be an FBI agent in an attempt to get free food from a Chick-fil-A, The Polk County Standard Journal reported.

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Indiana has been removed from Ohio’s latest coronavirus travel advisory map

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Indiana has been removed from Ohio’s latest travel advisory map that notes states from which people entering Ohio are recommended to self-quarantine for 14 days to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Ohio’s westerly neighbor’s coronavirus testing positivity rate has decreased in the past week to a daily average of 10%. States with 15% or higher positivity end up on Ohio’s map.

Ohio’s positivity rate on Wednesday was 5.2%, with a seven-day average at 4.9%.

The states with a rate of 15% or higher are:

-South Dakota, at 35.7%

-Idaho, at 29.5%

-Iowa, at 21.2%

-Kansas, at 19.4%

-Nebraska, at 19.2%

-Alabama, at 16.5%

-Utah, at 16.1%

Additionally, three states didn’t have testing data over multiple days. Those states — Mississippi, Wyoming and Nevada — are shaded gray. The health department notes that in recent weeks, they have had elevated positivity rates so travel should be reconsidered.

The advisory is for both leisure and business travel and for both Ohioans and out-of-state travelers. Gov. Mike DeWine said he was making exceptions for residents in Ohio’s border states who had to commute for work.

The state uses positivity rates from the COVID Tracking Project, which Johns Hopkins University also uses for its dashboard. As of Wednesday, the COVID Tracking Project was updating its processes for pulling data from individual states. Several states are also in midst of changing how they calculate and report their data. Even with these challenges, the COVID Tracking Project is still the most consistent and timely source of state-level testing information, the Department of Health said in a statement.

During a self-quarantine, people are advised to take their temperature with a thermometer twice a day. Monitor for fever, cough, difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, and nausea or vomiting or diarrhea. If symptoms develop, call a doctor.

Remain at home and avoid all in-person activities, including work, grocery stores and pharmacies, public events and public places. Do not leave home except for medical care. Do not allow visitors in your home.

Stay in a separate room if you live with others. If it’s not possible, wear a mask around them and stay at least six feet away.

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