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MAN POSING AS CONGRESSMAN ARRESTED

A young man who allegedly posed as a congressman has been arrested, nearly two months after he walked away from a jail.

Jason T. McDermott, 22, of Elmhurst, Ill., was arrested in an Ohio motel Sunday. He had been wanted on charges of forgery and theft in Illinois and Indiana.

Police said Tuesday he posed as Rep. Jim McDermott, D-Wash., or the congressman's son, he allegedly billed the congressman for a limousine rental at the Democratic National Convention in Chicago and also posed as the congressman in an attempt to delay his own divorce proceedings.

On Nov. 7, McDermott was in Porter County Jail on charges he bilked a store out of $8,000 in antiques when he talked his way into trash-dumping duty and was then able to walk away from jail.

Jennifer Crider, a spokeswoman for McDermott, said everyone in the congressman's office was relieved by the arrest.

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