A former Orange County Drug Enforcement Administration agent has been indicted by a grand jury on four federal charges in connection with his involvement outside the US Capitol during the January 6 riots.
Mark Sami Ibrahim, 32, was arrested in Washington on July 20 after federal officials recognized him in photographs that appeared to show a DEA badge and a firearm at Capitol grounds that day. He was also accused of climbing the Peace Memorial to deliver a monologue.
The indictment, filed on July 28, charged him with entering and living with a deadly or dangerous weapon in a restricted building or grounds, causing injury to property, firearms and dangerous weapons on Capitol grounds, and making false statements and representations .
He was not charged with breaking into the Capitol building during the riots.
Ibrahim was not working as a law enforcement officer at the Capitol, but told investigators he was there to help a friend who was asked to document the incident for the FBI, according to court documents. .
However, the friend denied the claim and told investigators that Ibrahim made up the story to “cover his ass”, the documents said. Instead, the friend said, Ibrahim wanted to promote an upcoming political podcast and the launch of a cigar brand.
The indictment says he lied when he told investigators that he “never exposed” his badge and gun while on the field.
In an interview with Fox News in March, Ibrahim denied breaking any laws and said he was fired by the DEA after returning to Los Angeles.
Ibrahim’s defense lawyer Darren Ritchie has said that Ibrahim did not participate in the riots, has been honest and voluntarily cooperated with investigators. Ritchie said the indictment resulted from “a flawed attempt to portray a specific narrative through photographs taken entirely out of political pressure and context”.
According to court documents, Ibrahim, who was released after his initial court appearance, is scheduled to appear in federal court in DC on September 20.