Man posing as Broward County Sheriff's Office employee arrested

Tiago Monteiro, 23, facing charges of impersonating officer, false imprisonment


CORAL SPRINGS, Fla. – Broward County Sheriff's Office detectives arrested a man Friday who allegedly pulled people over posing as a BSO employee.

Deputies said Tiago Monteiro, 23, pulled over a car with a teen driver and two passengers by stopping his car in front of hers on June 6 near 400 North Federal Highway, claiming that the girl had cut him off. He walked to her car, quickly flashed an ID on a lanyard and ordered her to roll her window down.

After reviewing her license and registration, Monteiro told her he would let her go with a warning, deputies said.

Hours later Monteiro pulled over a man in Boca Raton, flashed a work ID from a telemarketing job, looked at the man's license and registration, and also let the man go with a warning, deputies said. That man used his phone to take photos of Monteiro, the Volvo he was driving and the tag.

BSO Public Corruption Unit detectives arrested Monteiro Friday from his home in Coral Springs. He reportedly admitted to performing the fake traffic stops and told detectives he was targeting drivers he felt shouldn't be behind the wheel.

Monteiro did not have police lights, a weapon or BSO identification.

While Monteiro had applied to BSO 14 times, he was never employed by the Sheriff's Office, and reportedly has a history of mental health issues.

Monteiro faces charges of impersonating an officer and false imprisonment.