Greenville man gets eight-year sentence for impersonating SBI agent


GREENVILLE, Pitt County - A Greenville man is facing eight years in prison after pleading guilty to charges tied to impersonating a State Bureau of Investigation agent.

Ricky Ball, 40, pleaded guilty in September to lesser charges after facing a four-count indictment in August. He was sentenced Tuesday to eight years in federal prison plus an addition three years of supervised release.

According to the US Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina's Office, Ball -- who worked as a loss prevention officer at Sears -- told an intern at the Greenville Fire Department he worked as an SBI agent and could get her parking tickets dismissed.

Ball did so while on probation for a conviction tied to impersonating a Navy SEAL while in Virginia. Because he was a convicted felon, Ball was arrested -- in part -- on illegal possession of a firearm by a felon.

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