Feds: Woman posed as FBI agent, 'hired' neighbors

March 29, 2010 10:10:11 AM PDT
Authorities say a Virginia woman pretended to be an FBI agent and conned her neighbors into taking jobs as her assistants. Brenna Reilly, 29, of Arlington was indicted by a federal grand jury in Alexandria last week on a charge of impersonating an FBI agent.

According to a court affidavit, Reilly told neighbors in her apartment complex that she was the FBI's director of forensics. Two of those neighbors say they agreed to work as Reilly's assistant and put personal information such as their social security numbers on phony job applications.

She gave the assistants tasks that included writing condolence letters to family members of agents killed in the line of duty. But authorities say Reilly was never an FBI agent.

Reilly's lawyer declined comment.