Virginia Man Caught Posing As CIA Agent, Recruiting People To Attempt Bank Robberies
Prosecutors say that Joshua Brady, 26, persuaded 21-year-old Herson Torres to go into banks in Alexandria and Fairfax County, Virginia, with handwritten notes demanding money.Torres said Brady told him he could earn $25,000 and a job with the government by taking part in "Operation Downstrike," aimed at testing bank security.
The lead detective soon began receiving calls from Theo, who claimed to work for the Central Intelligence Agency and sought Torres's release, Schoenberg reports.In an October jailhouse interview, Brady insisted to Schoenberg that he was an intelligence agent and was training Torres for clandestine work.
"When they pull the alarm, then you have a short time to get out of there," he said. "You need to be able to escape, and that's going to be stressful. If you crack under stress, then you're useless to the agency."The charges - impersonating a government official and three counts of attempted bank robbery - have been dropped after Brady pled guilty to sending a forged judge's signature to Verizon in a dispute over an unpaid mobile-phone bill. As part of a plea deal, Brady has been sentenced to time served (7 months), three years of court supervision, and mental health treatment.
The government's doctor diagnosed Brady with a delusional disorder while a doctor hired by Brady's lawyers diagnosed him with PTSD, paranoid schizophrenia, and schizotypal personality disorder.
"Looking back on this, I'm not sure how I could even fathom working for the CIA," Brady said in court on Wednesday. "It seems quite silly to me I had those delusions."
- India records 16,752 fresh COVID-19 cases, biggest single-day jump in 30 days
- Indian rocket PSLV puts Brazil's Amazonia-1 satellite into orbit
- Apple Music launches 'Behind The Songs' hub to highlight songwriters and producers
- PSLV rocket lifts off with 19 satellites from Brazil, US and India
- Around 96% people saw drop in their earnings during COVID-19 induced lockdown