NEWNAN, Georgia (CW44 News At 10) — Jay Diamond, who has a criminal record of more than 30 infractions and traffic violations, has been convicted on two counts of false impersonating a federal Air Marshal.
“Flashing a badge and impersonating a federal officer to gain an advantage endangers the public and law enforcement,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Kurt R. Erskine. “Instead of avoiding a speeding ticket, Diamond ended up with two federal convictions and time in prison.”
Impersonating a law enforcement officer is a serious offense, said Ronnie Tippett, special agent in charge of DHS OIG’s Atlanta field office. “Our office is committed to protecting the public from scammers and individuals seeking to take advantage, such as Mr. Diamond’s attempt to impersonate a Federal Air Marshal.”
According to acting U.S. Attorney Erskine, the charges and other information presented at the trial: On August 23, 2018, Jay Diamond was arrested by a Troup County deputy sheriff for speeding on Interstate 185 in Troup County, Georgia. He was driving 90 miles per hour in a 70 miles per hour zone. The entire traffic stop was captured on dashcam video.
During the traffic stop, Diamond immediately identified himself as an Air Marshal and a Senior Air Marshal and showed the deputy a fraudulent badge with the words “Senior Federal Air Marshal”. When asked about his actual law enforcement credentials, Defendant said he left them at home.
The sheriff’s deputy believed that Diamond was posing as a law enforcement officer to avoid a traffic fine. Diamond also said he was given the fake badge by former President Jimmy Carter, and he tried to show them a photo of himself with President Carter. Diamond’s story changed when he was arrested for falsely posing as a law enforcement officer.
Diamond admitted that he had been overzealous in calling himself an Air Marshal and that he “should have just taken the ticket.”
On May 27, 2021, a federal jury ruled on both counts of the first replacement indictment after deliberating for about an hour and 30 minutes.
Jay Diamond, aka Larry Allen Dilleshaw, 49, of Phoenix City, Alabama, has been named by U.S. District Judge Timothy C. Batten Sr. sentenced to approximately one year and five months in prison, followed by one year in prison. assisted release, and 50 hours of community service. Diamond was initially indicted on two charges of false impersonating a federal officer.
This case was investigated by the Department of Homeland Security – Office of the Inspector General.
US Assistant Attorney General Miguel R. Acosta has prosecuted the case.