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Ex-senator's half brother admits to posing as Coast Guardsman

A Connecticut man accused of arming himself, posing as U.S. Coast Guard officer and harassing recreational boaters near Old Lyme, Conn., in August pleaded guilty in federal court Monday to impersonating a federal officer and falsifying a military discharge certificate.

Federal authorities said Bruce Brown, 47, of Wolcott drove into the Point O' Woods beach neighborhood in an automobile equipped to resemble a police car. Wearing a bullet proof vest and carrying handcuffs, authorities said Brown confronted a boat owner and announced, "I am commandeering your boat."

"Your boat is now a U.S. Coast Guard vessel," Brown reportedly told the owner.

Brown ordered the boat owner to approach other boaters operating in the area and ordered the boaters to produce credentials for his inspection, federal prosecutors said.

When confronted by law enforcement officers, Brown initially claimed to be a law enforcement officer assigned by the Coast Guard to photograph a service vessel operating in the area, federal authorities said. Brown later acknowledged he was not an officer and subsequent searches determined that Brown possessed a collection of law enforcement equipment and weaponry, authorities said.

Federal authorities said investigation also determined that Brown had been discharged from the Coast Guard under "less that honorable circumstances" in 2002. A year ago, federal authorities said Brown tried to alter his discharge documents when applying for a pistol permit.

Brown is the half brother of Scott Brown, former U.S. senator from Massachusetts. The former senator has said the two have not been in regular contact.

Authorities said Brown has acted on other occasions as though he were a low enforcement officer.

Brown pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Bridgeport, Conn., where he is scheduled to be sentenced in May.

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