South Carolina authorities seek woman posing as federal agent
ROCK HILL — Authorities in York County are searching for a woman accused of confiscating guest IDs at a Fort Mill hotel and claiming to work with the Secret Service.
The Herald of Rock Hill reports that police said the woman later called the same hotel five times and claimed to be an FBI agent.
The York County Sheriff’s Office is looking for 45-year-old Carma Leilani Ariel of Charlotte, N.C. Her face is featured on social media, and she’s been added to the list of accused criminals wanted by the county. She’s wanted on charges of impersonating a law enforcement officer, trespassing and giving false information.
On July 25, deputies went to a hotel when the manager reported that someone confiscated the IDs of several guests, although she had been asked not to return to the hotel, according to a sheriff’s report. A new employee who booked the woman into a room that day was unaware that she wasn’t welcome at the hotel because of previous, similar issues, police said.
Ariel told deputies her supervisor was “General Abernathy,” but couldn’t provide specifics. The woman eventually packed her bags and left the hotel on foot.
Deputies have learned that she is not a federal government employee, adding that Ariel returned the IDs she took from guests after the deputy told her to leave.
The next day, the hotel’s manager reported to police that the woman called her five times, requesting information and claiming to be an FBI agent, according to another police report. The calls were placed from a Washington, D.C., number, which deputies think may be fake.
She hasn’t been seen or heard from in York County since then.
Sheriff’s Office spokesman Trent Faris said police do not consider Ariel dangerous or violent but is warning anyone who sees her not to start a conversation.
“Don’t give her any identification,” Faris said. “Don’t give her anything.”