A Pennsylvania man has been charged with using fake Secret Service identification to get a government discount on a hotel room.
Christopher Diiorio, who owns a pet waste cleaning business, pleaded not guilty Thursday to federal charges of conspiracy, using a false government badge and a fraudulent official seal.
According to an indictment filed earlier this month in a federal court in Pennsylvania, the Pittsburgh-area suspect allegedly used a foreign company to obtain fake Secret Service ID card-- with his real name and photo. On June 18, he used that ID at a hotel, telling the manager he was a Secret Service agent and requesting a discounted government rate for his room.
A month later, Reserve Township police said Diiorio flashed the falsified ID card after an officer pulled him over for a faulty brake light July 22.
On its website, Diiorio’s business Doodle Scoopers, is described as a “dog poop clean up service in Alleghany and surrounding countries.”
Diiorio originally faced state charges of forgery and impersonating a public servant stemming from the traffic stop, but those charges were dropped when federal authorities took over the case.
According to the police complaint, the officer who stopped Diiorio while driving took pictures of both sides of the identification card, which included a hologram, and sent them to a Secret Service agent related to the officer. The agent advised local police that the ID was not authentic and the Secret Service was assigned to investigate the case.
The defendant faces charges of conspiracy, using false government badges, and possession of fraudulent official seals. He entered a not guilty plea Thursday, and was released from jail on a number of conditions—pending that that he surrender his passport and that he not leave the court’s jurisdiction.
The most serious charge, conspiracy to commit an offense against the U.S., which carries a sentence of up to 15 years in prison.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.