Man arrested for impersonating officer in Palmetto
by Wes Mayer
A Newnan man hired as a private investigator was arrested by Palmetto police Friday for impersonating an officer.
According to Sgt. Lee Gragg wit h t he Pa lme t to Pol ice Depa r tment , Paul Michael Libri, 41, of Newnan, was charged for impersonating a police officer and using the false identity of Tim Taylor. Libri was working for a private investigations office, Gragg said, but he has no license to be a Georgia peace officer.
Libri impersonated a police officer - pretending to be an agent with the FBI, GBI and Governor's Office for Children and Families - in his personal investigation for a missing Palmetto girl, Holly Hagan, Gragg said. Libri dressed as an officer with a uniform, badge, weapon and equipment, and he also had a gold-colored Ford Crown Victoria fitted to appear as a police vehicle.
According to Gragg, Libri was employed with a private investigations office hired by the father of Hagan. However, when Hagan's father could not pay for the investigation, the office backed off, but Libri continued to investigate on his own. Libri's investigation involved stopping and pulling people over for questioning and having citizens tell him personal information.
'We have had a few complaints, mostly because he came on fairly strong,' Gragg said. 'In a few cases, what he said he might do to people if they did not give him their information went over the line.'
Libri was charged with impersonating a police officer, giving a false name, false imprisonment and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime. Anyone who may have had contact with Libri as 'Agent Taylor' or another identity is asked to contact the Palmetto Police Department at 770-463-9068.