Today’s winner is Mark Rimkufski. He gets the award for attempting to impersonate a US Marshall in order to get on a plane at Miami airport. Mr. Rimkufski must have been having a bad day and or was very stupid. For he
He said he was a US Marshall but flashed a badge that said he was Fisher Island’s Chief of Police
Fisher Island doesn’t have a police department
He got on board the plane to find there were two real US marshalls on board. He got kicked off but not arrested.
He then went to an airport bar where he got drunk and complained loudly he wasn’t allowed on the plane. That’s when airport police arrested Mr. Rimkufski
What a loser but Mark Rimkufski did win one thing. I name him today’s Knucklehead of the Day. The Miami Herald article is below the fold.
Carrying a ”Fisher Island Chief of Police” badge and claiming he was a U.S. air marshal, Mark Rimkufski persuaded Miami airline employees to allow him onto a flight after the gate had closed, police said. The ruse landed him in jail, Miami-Dade police said, when he was confronted by genuine air marshals on the plane.
Rimkufski, 49, was charged with impersonating a law-enforcement officer. He was scheduled to appear in Miami-Dade court Thursday but did not because he was hospitalized for unspecified reasons. There is no Fisher Island police department.
Rimkufski, a former island resident who also goes by the name Harry Henry Rimm, also faces a federal charge of impersonating an air marshal. When arrested, he was carrying almost $14,000 in cash and had plans to travel to Los Angeles, Hawaii and Dubai.
According to Miami-Dade Detective Javier Prellezo’s arrest report, this is what happened:
Wednesday night, Rimkufski was rushing to Miami International Airport to catch American Airlines Flight 299, bound for Los Angeles. But the gate had closed and the plane was departing.
He flashed his Fisher Island badge to employees at the ticket counter, announcing he was an air marshal. Employees stopped the plane and allowed him to board.
But real air marshals inspected his badge and booted him from the plane. Why they did not detain him was unclear, but the plane went on its way.
Then, Rimkufski went to the Admiral’s Club bar and restaurant and loudly complained about not being allowed onto the flight, police said. Miami-Dade airport police came and arrested him.