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Man Admits Trying to Fake His Way Into Comic Con VIP Room

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FILE - Chris Keyes poses for photographers outside the convention center during preview night at the 2014 Comic-Con International Convention held Wednesday, July 23, 2014 in San Diego.

FILE - Chris Keyes poses for photographers outside the convention center during preview night at the 2014 Comic-Con International Convention held Wednesday, July 23, 2014 in San Diego.

Some people will stop at nothing to attend a Comic Con.

The gatherings, where comic book fans dress up like their favorite comic book heroes, science fiction heroes or superheroes, often attract zealous attendees.

Take Jonathan Wall, who faces criminal charges for allegedly dressing like a federal agent to get into a Comic Con VIP room in Salt Lake City in September of 2015.

At a trial Tuesday, Wall pleaded guilty to impersonating a federal officer to gain entry into a $10,000-a-person VIP room.

He told event officials he was an agent with the Air Force Office of Special Investigations and that he needed two tickets to enter the room to look for a fugitive. He flashed his identification from his job at nearby Hill Air Force Base.

Suspicious Comic Con staff called the Air Force, which sent agents to the event and confirmed Wall did not work for Air Force security.

Wall will be sentenced June 9 and faces up to three years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

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