Investigators say 37-year-old Christopher Sharp fooled everyone.
"I'm floored. Absolutely floored," friend Rob Belanger told us.
For months, Belanger said Sharp told everyone he was a Pasco County sheriff's deputy.
"He had us. He had us from day one. At least, he had me. I really thought that he was what he said he was," Belanger said.
He said Sharp looked like a deputy – wearing a uniform and badge – and he said Sharp sounded like one too, giving legal advice to customers at a bar where his now former girlfriend worked.
And he said Sharp was always telling stories about his work.
"Why tell all these lies? I mean, in vivid detail about a 12-year-old boy in New Port Richey who committed suicide," he said.
But when the stories got more and more far-fetched, Belanger called the sheriff's office to check them out. That's when he was told Sharp had never worked there at all.
"I was stunned – stunned! I just couldn't believe it. What does this guy have to prove to anybody? What is he doing? I'm lost. This guy was over at my house every Sunday watching football with me," Belanger says.
Investigators say Sharp actually worked at a Pizza Hut in Spring Hill.
And they say he stole the uniform from his sister's boyfriend, who really is a deputy.
"He would never look at you when he was talking. He would always look away. He'd never look directly at you and that's like a tell-tale sign of somebody lying to you," Belanger said. "I just never picked up on it. Never picked up on it."
Investigators say he told them he lied because he wanted to impress his girlfriend. Sharp is now charged with impersonating an officer. He was also arrested two weeks ago for stalking.
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