A Union man who allegedly preyed on women he met online while posing as a U.S. Deputy Marshal pleaded guilty Thursday to the ruse in federal court.

Timothy Rossell, 29, appeared before a U.S. District Court Judge on the felony charge of impersonating a federal agent.

Between January and October 2016, he allegedly posed as a U.S. Deputy Marshal to gain the trust of women in Missouri and Florida and then bilked them out of thousands of dollars, according to court documents.

His scheme began to unravel in October when Rossell’s Union girlfriend discovered suspicious paperwork and counterfeit U. S. Marshal service equipment, identification, badges and apparel.

Sentencing has been set for April 27. He faces a penalty of up to three years in prison and fines up to $250,000

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