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Former federal agent gets prison in hotel discount caper

A man who admitted posing as a federal agent to get a hotel discount was sentenced Monday by U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara to four months in prison.

William Cuva, an agent who was terminated by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in February 2013, had previously pleaded guilty to falsely impersonating a federal agent. He admitted using his law enforcement background to acquire a $39-a-night discount while staying at an Olean hotel for 23 days after his termination.

Glenn Pincus, Cuva’s defense lawyer, said Cuva was going through a series of financial and health problems at the time of the incident.

Assistant U.S. Attorney John M. Alsup said Cuva should have known better, and Arcara noted that, “This was not some John Q. Public breaking the law."