MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WBTW) – A Myrtle Beach man arrested earlier this month on accusations that he impersonated a South Carolina Law Enforcement Division agent, is behind bars again on the same charges.
In a release Wednesday, SLED officials confirm Joseph Michael DePace, 51, of Myrtle Beach, is charged with impersonating a law enforcement officer, a crime that can carry up to one year in prison and a fine of up to $500.
DePace was arrested September 16 for the same charge after a concerned citizen contacted officials in March and complained of a man claiming to be a SLED agent, but not having any type of identification. DePace is now back behind bars for allegedly impersonating a SLED agent in May after he conducted a fake traffic stop.
SLED began investigating the case after a citizen reported that someone in a black Toyota Sequoia with dark tinted windows and a blue light conducted a traffic stop and identified themselves as a SLED agent.
DePace was booked into J. Reuben Long Detention Center Wednesday morning at 7:20 a.m. and was released about three hours later on a $15,000 bond, according to online detention center records.