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Man impersonates Illinois senator, tries to erase debt

ST. LOUIS — Federal authorities say Sidney C. Hines of New Port Richey, Fla., pleaded guilty to false impersonation of a federal officer or employee.

Hines was accused of impersonating Sen. Richard Durbin of Illinois during multiple phone conversations with a collection agency.

According to federal authorities, Hines obtained a HomeSaver Advance loan funded by Fannie Mae for $5,863.73 in 2008. The loan was eventually determined to be delinquent and turned over to ClearSpring Loan Services, a debt collector.

Between March 2013 and the end of 2014, Hines reportedly posed as Durbin on the phone and said Hines’ HSA loan had been paid in full.

KMOV researched Hines background and discovered multiple arrests dating back to 2008. His previous arrests included charges ranging from forgery to criminal use of an ID.

Hines could face up to three years in prison for impersonating Durbin. A spokesman with Durbin’s office said the senator was traveling and unavailable for comment regarding the case.