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Man charged with impersonating Clayton deputy

By Jason A. Smith

jsmith@henryherald.com

A McDonough man was being held in the Henry County Jail Friday on $10,000 bond, after reportedly passing himself off as a deputy, in order to get a job as a security guard.

Marvin Faison, 27, is charged with impersonating a public officer or employee.

The suspect appeared in Henry County Magistrate Court Friday, represented by the Public Defender's Office, and waived his right to a preliminary hearing on the charge against him. Judge Robert Godwin bound Faison's case over to Henry County Superior Court.

The impersonation incident allegedly occurred June 2, at the Knight Port Apartments, located at 201 Willow Drive in McDonough, according to a Henry County Police arrest warrant from Magistrate Court.

"[The] defendant falsely held himself out as ... a Clayton County Sheriff's deputy, with intent to mislead the management of Knight Port Apartments."

Faison, the warrant continues, was attempting to gain employment as a courtesy officer at the complex.

Cathy Collins, a property manager at Knight Port Apartments, encountered Faison when he tried to get a job as a security officer at her complex. She said she has been trying to hire a security guard for a couple of months, and was suspicious of the Faison soon after he applied for the job.

"After a day or two, I had a gut feeling, because paperwork wasn't being produced the way that it should have been," Collins said. Collins added that she contacted the Clayton County Sheriff's Office on June 10, to verify Faison's claim of employment with the agency, but the department had no record of him as a deputy.

Clayton Sheriff's Public Information Officer, Sgt. Sonja Sanchez, said her agency was then contacted by Henry County Police, as part of an investigation into the matter.

"We verified that he was not employed with the Sheriff's Office," Sanchez said.

Henry County Police secured a warrant for Fsaison, and arrested him Thursday. A future court date in his case has not been set.