Miami Mayoral Candidate Charged With Impersonating Cop, Allegedly Flashed Badge Claiming To Be Deputy

The Miami Herald reports:

Frank Pichel, a controversial candidate for mayor of the city of Miami, was arrested by the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office early Friday morning on a felony charge of impersonating a police officer.

According to the sheriff’s office, he was booked into county jail at midnight. He was released about two hours later after posting a $5,000 bond. His attorney, Matthew Baldwin, was not immediately available for comment.

Pichel, 59, is accused of flashing a badge and claiming to be a Monroe deputy while he was sitting in a parked in a BMW in front of a house in a Key Largo subdivision May 30. Pichel, who is a licensed private investigator, is challenging Miami Mayor Francis Suarez in the November election.

Florida Politics reports:

Pichel was suspended from the MPD in 2000 after being accused of telling a public service aide to falsify a police report to cover for a fellow officer who battered a handcuffed prisoner who died a week later in a jail cell. He was never charged.

Eight years later, while working as a sergeant-at-arms at City Hall, he was accused of selling steroids and the erectile dysfunction drug, Cialis. As part of his plea deal, Pichel relinquished his police certification.