Miami Mayoral Candidate Frank Pichel Has Felony Charge of Impersonating Cop

A controversial former cop running for mayor of Miami is facing one felony charge and has a warrant out for his arrest after he allegedly impersonated a police officer years after leaving the force.

Frank Pichel is accused of flashing a badge and claiming to be a Monroe County Sheriff's deputy in the Florida Keys this past May. Court records obtained by The Miami Herald indicate that a judge signed a warrant for Pitchel for the felony charge but he has not yet been arrested.

Monroe County Sheriff Rick Ramsay said that his deputies notified the mayoral candidate's attorney about the warrant and asked him to surrender but, "this has not happened."

He added that if anyone runs Pichel's name, the active warrant will come up as it's been entered into various law enforcement databases and he should be arrested.

Attorney Matthew Baldwin, who represents Pichel, said that his client will surrender but did not specify when.

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Miami Mayoral candidate and former cop Frank Pichel is accused of flashing a badge and claiming to be a Monroe County Sheriff's deputy. Above, Miami Beach police officers wear protective masks as Governor Ron DeSantis at a press conference at the Miami Beach Convention Center on April 08, 2020. Joe Raedle/Getty Images

"Of course. He's not that kind of a person," Baldwin told the newspaper.

The news of the arrest warrant comes days after a memo penned by Miami Police Chief Art Acevedo suggested Pichel was going to be arrested. Acevedo claimed that Pichel was "working as a private investigator gathering 'dirt'" for Miami city commissioner Joe Carrollo "and other elected officials."

Acevedo's eight-page memo comes six months after he accepted the job. In writing to the mayor, he accused the city commissioners of meddling in an internal investigation.

Pichel was suspended from the Miami police department in 2000 when he allegedly told a public service aide to file a false police report to hide a police beating and subsequent prisoner death, according to The Miami Herald.

He was a sergeant at the time but was never charged.

Eight years later, Pichel served as the sergeant-at-arms at City Hall and is accused of selling small amounts of steroids and erectile dysfunction drugs. The Herald reported that he was charged with a felony but prosecutors dropped it as part of a plea deal that required him to give up his police certification.

In 2019, he ran for a seat on the commissioners' board but lost to Alex Diaz de la Portilla. Pichel is running for office again this November in hopes of being elected mayor. He challenges Francis Suarez, who won 86 percent of the vote in 2017 and is the city's first Miami-born mayor.

There are currently six candidates running for mayor of Miami. The election is officially nonpartisan and the winner is decided based on who gets the majority vote.

Newsweek reached out to the Monroe County Sheriff's Department for comment but did not hear back before publication.