An Albany man faces a felony impersonation charge after telling a woman he met on okcupid.com that he was a retired state trooper working for the U.S. Marshals Service, federal authorities said.
Samuel David Kramer, 53, was charged Wednesday with impersonating a deputy U.S. marshal, a felony count that could land him up to three years in federal prison. Investigators said he went to great lengths to convince a Clifton Park woman that he worked as a marshal after connecting with her through the online dating service.
In an indictment unsealed in U.S. District Court this week, investigators said Kramer, who introduced himself as “Dave,” told the woman a number of bogus tales, including that he was part of a suspicious death investigation in Bethlehem and a serial killer investigation on Long Island. Among other things, he allegedly claimed to have solved 50 murders while working with the Baltimore police and said he became a marshal after retiring from the state police.
Over the course of four months, Kramer allegedly produced a marshal’s badge, carried a holstered handgun in the small of his back and wore a windbreaker with the state police logo. He also drove a “police-type” 2007 Ford Crown Victoria, owned a German shepherd he said was a cadaver-sniffing dog and carried around a wad of hundred-dollar bills in a zip-top bag, according to the one-count indictment.
“The victim recalled that marked on the bag were the words “Dave” and either “$30,000” or “$40,000,’ ” the indictment states. “When the victim inquired why [Kramer] carried around large amounts of currency, [Kramer] told the victim that federal agents carried large amounts of currency to pay their informants.”
The woman became suspicious of Kramer after he claimed to be part of an investigation on Long Island that didn’t involve the Marshals Service. She broke off their relationship in March, according to the indictment, and returned belongings he had left at her home while he was getting hip surgery.
Among the items were a travel bag that included the marshal’s badge, a handgun, jewelry and what the woman estimated to be $10,000 in cash. Kramer then allegedly sent the woman a text message accusing her of stealing the money and stating his intentions to have her arrested.
The woman reported the incident to the Saratoga County Sheriff’s Department. An investigation revealed Kramer was never a member of any of the police agencies he indicated to the woman, the indictment states.