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Hemet couple plead guilty to impersonating federal officers

November 2, 2010 |  5:08 pm


DennyA 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