Two men in Florida — wielding bogus Tribal Nation badges and facemask exemption cards — threatened Florida resort workers with arrest and fines if they tried to force them to wear masks, court records show.
Walter Wayne Brown Jr., 53, and Gary Brummett, 81, are now facing federal charges after claiming to be U.S. Marshals to flout the coronavirus protocols at Wyndham Deerfield Beach Resort in Deerfield Beach, according to a criminal complaint.
Brown and Brummett, with badges clipped on their belts that read “Cherokee Nation Marshal” and “Aniyvwiya Criminal Justice Deputy” and matching ID cards, refused multiple times to wear masks in the common areas of the resort over their three-day stay.
In the first incident, on Feb. 9, a front desk worker told Brown and his son during check-in masks were required at the hotel.
Brown responded, saying he was a federal agent and pointed to the badge on this belt, according to the complaint.