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Epic Fail: Inmate Attempts to Play ‘Get Out of Jail Free’ Card by Impersonating Judge and Cop in Phone Calls

Keely Sharp
Written by Keely Sharp

Okay, let me start off by saying, good attempt, but this is the mother of all fails! This inmate thought he could make a phone call from jail, and impersonate a judge, in order to alleviate his bail. However, his scheme did not work because officials immediately realized it was phony.

One would think that after his miserable fail, would give it up…..but he attempted to impersonate yet another official, a police officer, to say his “warrants” were entered into the system by accident. Once again, he failed.

Here is the report by Fox News:

James Eagle, 23, was initially arrested on April 10 for leaving the scene of a crash and stealing a license plate to put on his car afterward, Fox 45 reports.

Once in jail, he made several calls while posing as Judge Richard Bernat — all of which were recorded. He told courthouse staff to give Eagle “O.R.” bonds, meaning a cash bond was not necessary for him to be released as long as he promised to return to court.

The judge and sheriff’s office were notified, yet no one spoke to Eagle about his judge persona.

“I don’t think anyone did anything wrong,” Mike Robinson of the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office said. “At the end of the day, his scheme did not work.”

Eagle ended up paying 10 percent of a $5,000 bond and was released. But his impersonation schemes were far from over.

On Friday, a detective went to sign warrants against Eagle for his “phony judge call caper.” After the detective left, Eagle called the Warrants Department, according to an affidavit. He said the detective and the warrants were a mistake – a believable statement because the warrants were entered in the system.

“Mr. Eagle is not as slick as he thinks he is… once apprehended, he faces three additional charges,” Robinson said, charges that now include impersonating a police officer.


What an idiot! Now he could be facing several years in prison, rather than just a few months. Police have offered a $1,000 reward for information on Eagle’s whereabouts.


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Keely Sharp

Keely Sharp

Keely is a 23-year-old conservative writer for many different sites, including While she lives in Georgia, she grew up in Florida. Keely is pro-life, Christian, and a member of the NRA. When she is not writing, she enjoys going to the range and hiking with her dogs.

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