Guilty Plea in Ranger Impersonation Scam

Man got free cabin rentals

Mar 16, 2012
Outside Magazine

On Tuesday, a man from Gatlinburg, Tennessee pleaded guilty in federal court to impersonating a National Park Service employee in order to get free cabin rentals. James T. Bell admitted that in August, 2011 he approached cabin owners in Great Smoky Mountains National Park and asked to use their cabins for "donors" to the park. Driving a white pickup truck with a magnetic sticker on the side that read, "for official use only, U.S. Government Department of the Interior — National Park Service," Bell was able to convince three owners to lend him their cabins. He assured them the Park Service would pick up the tab. When one of the cabin owners contacted the Park Service for payment, Bell was caught. The sentencing is scheduled for June 25.

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