Sacto 9-1-1
August 14, 2012
Private investigator accused of posing as parole agent

A Galt resident operating a private investigation company was arrested in Woodland this afternoon, accused of impersonating a peace officer.

Anthony Vegas, 52, was taken into custody about 2:15 p.m. in front of the Yolo County Sheriff's Monroe Detention Center.

On several occasions in the last week, Vegas allegedly presented himself as an active state of California parole agent in attempts to obtain information for a child custody case he was privately investigating, according to a Woodland Police Department news release.

Authorities said Vegas was formerly employed by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation as a parole agent and possessed a non-state-issued badge identifying him as an active agent. He also possessed a state-issued identification card identifying him as a retired parole agent, but the word "retired" had been covered so that the front of the ID card gave the impression that he was still an active agent, according to the news release.

Woodland police officers contacted Vegas in front of the Monroe Detention Center after a clerk in the Sheriff's Department's records office became suspicious of Vegas' ID card and called the dispatch center.

Officials said Vegas was arrested and released with a notice to appear in court for a misdemeanor violation of impersonating a peace office.

The case is under investigation and police ask anyone with relevant information to call the department at (530) 666-2411.

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