CHICAGO
05/04/2011 08:56 am ET Updated Jul 03, 2011

Former Cop Michael Miller Charged With Impersonating Police Officer

The Cook County Sheriff's office announced Tuesday that Michael Miller of suburban Ford Heights has been charged with impersonating a police officer.

It probably wasn't hard for Miller: he used to be a Ford Heights police officer, before he was convicted of armed robbery.

The 38-year-old Miller had only recently been paroled after serving half of his 12-year sentence, the Chicago Sun-Times reports. In 2003, he was convicted of using his position as a cop to shake down drug dealers, was imprisoned and dismissed from the police force.

He was paroled on March 25. Three days later, he allegedly tried to gain access to the chambers of a Cook County circuit judge by claiming that he was a member of the Illinois State Police, according to FOX Chicago. He went on to say he was a member of the Harvey police force and was hoping to get his gun and badge back, authorities say.

On March 31, he went to the Criminal Courts Building and tried to see an assistant state's attorney, again claiming that he was a police officer, NBC Chicago reports.

The next day, he was apprehended at his home, and is scheduled to appear in court on May 20. According to the Chicago Tribune, he faces four counts of aggravated false impersonation of a police officer, three counts of threatening a public official and four counts of false impersonation of a peace officer.