Hemet couple plead guilty to impersonating federal officers
A Hemet couple pleaded guilty in San Diego federal court Tuesday to impersonating federal officers in a bizarre plan to get a relative to return to her native Philippines.
Under a plea bargain, prosecutors are free to recommend a three-year prison sentence for Gregory Raymond Denny Jr., 38. Prosecutors agreed to recommend probation and mental health counseling for his wife, Karen Denny, 52.
Denny posed as a U.S. marshal in convincing his cousin's wife, Cherriebelle Hibbard, that she was in the U.S. illegally and had to return to her homeland, officials said.
Denny had a phony badge and credentials in the January incident, according to court documents. Hibbard was handcuffed and searched.
Hibbard, who was pregnant, was convinced to take a flight from San Diego's Lindbergh Field.
--Tony Perry in San Diego
Photo: Gregory Denny. Credit: Hemet Police Department