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IE man poses as US Marshal, deports relative

February 3, 2010 12:00:00 AM PST
A man allegedly posing as a U.S. Marshal slipped through airport security and deported a relative to the Philippines.Craig and Cherriebelle Hibbard have been married for three years, but Cherriebelle canceled her green card after a dispute with her husband. Even though that dispute was resolved, Cherriebelle's green card status was still up in the air.

So when 37-year-old Greg Denny showed up last month in a U.S. Marshal shirt with a badge and a gun, her husband didn't know what to think.

"He told her to stand up and that she's under arrest by the U.S. Marshals for deportation," said Craig Hibbard.

Later, Hibbard said that Denny brazenly ordered him to buy his wife her own ticket back to the Philippines.

Then, still handcuffed and five months pregnant, she was taken to Lindbergh Field in San Diego.

That's where police say somehow, Denny got through three TSA checkpoints with his fake badge.

Cherribelle was put on a plane headed for the Philippines with no way to get back.

"He actually deported her and got anyway with it. Actually walked the airport, took her and made her leave," described Hibbard.

"This is the first time I've seen this. I've seen some pretty strange cases in my career, but this is one of the most bizarre by far," said Lt. Duane Wisehart of Hemet police.

Hemet police say that Denny probably thought he was doing his cousin a favor because the couple was rumored to have had a dispute. That was why Cherriebelle originally canceled her green card in the first place. But now that the dispute has been resolved, she was in the process of reinstating her green card.

Denny has no authority to deport anyone. He is actually a bounty hunter for a bail bonds company. Hemet police say he may have thought more of himself than that.

"U.S. Marshal seems to be the classification he likes to use, but he's never been a U.S. Marshal, not even close to it. Even his wife, she thinks he was at some point or in the process to be a U.S. Marshal," said Wisehart. "It's very bizarre."

Cherribelle is currently still in the Philippines with no legal way to get back. As for Denny, he is facing a number of charges including impersonating a federal officer, false imprisonment and kidnapping. Denny is currently free on $50,000 bond.

In regards to the breakdown on security, TSA will only say that they are reviewing the situation.