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Man Who Posed as FBI Agent Convicted in Fresno Federal Court



Ivan Isho, 44, of Peoria, Arizona, pretended to be an FBI agent. He faces up to five years in prison. (GV Wire/Paul Marshall)
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A federal jury convicted a 44-year-old Arizona man of wire fraud, impersonating a federal officer, and stalking on Friday in Fresno.

According to trial evidence, Ivan Isho, 44, of Peoria, Arizona, pretended to be an FBI agent and told residents of Assyrian descent in the San Joaquin Valley community of Ceres that he would help them get visas for relatives living outside of the U.S.

In addition, charging documents stated that Isho received $6,700 from his victims to facilitate the visa process. However, Isho kept the money without helping the victims get visas in 2016-17.

Never an FBI Employee

As part of the fraud, Isho displayed fake FBI credentials and a gun to his victims. He has never been employed by the FBI, prosecutors said.

Isho also harassed a female victim and her husband through repeated phone calls and emails in which he threatened the couple, according to a Department of Justice news release.

During the four-day trial, Isho took the stand and claimed that he only used the fake FBI credentials as part of a Halloween costume — directly contradicting the evidence presented at trial.

Sentencing Scheduled for May 31

Isho is scheduled for sentencing by U.S. District Judge Dale A. Drozd on May 31, 2022. He faces up to five years in prison.

The FBI investigated the case. U.S. Attorneys Laura D. Withers and Laura Jean Berger are the prosecutors.

Bill McEwen is news director and columnist for GV Wire. He joined GV Wire in August 2017 after 37 years at The Fresno Bee. With The Bee, he served as Opinion Editor, City Hall reporter, Metro columnist, sports columnist and sports editor through the years. His work has been frequently honored by the California Newspapers Publishers Association, including authoring first-place editorials in 2015 and 2016. Bill and his wife, Karen, are proud parents of two adult sons, and they have two grandsons. You can contact Bill at 559-492-4031 or at Send an Email

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