Former officer arrested after lying about still being with the El Paso Police Department

An El Paso man has been jailed for falsely identifying himself as a police officer.

Texas Department of Public Safety officials said a trooper stopped Michael Arzaga, 39, for an expired registration violation Thursday afternoon on Loop 375.

Arzaga told the trooper he was an El Paso police officer and showed the trooper an identification card.

The trooper looked into the claim and found that Arzaga was no longer employed by the El Paso Police Department.

Arzaga was arrested for impersonating a public servant and booked into the El Paso County Jail. Arzaga additionally had multiple misdemeanor warrants, DPS said.

Officials with the El Paso Police Department said Arzaga resigned on Aug. 31, 2011. He had been with the department for 12 years.

Arzaga was the subject of an investigation by the El Paso Police Department's Internal Affairs Division in October 2011.

The investigation looked into several issues surrounding the Selective Traffic Enforcement Program, a federal grant program.

Police said Officer Luis Acosta, a 17-year veteran; Officer Jorge Arellano, an 11-year veteran; Officer Kenny Huynh, a 17-year veteran; Officer Scott McFarland, a 13-year veteran; Sgt. Luis Ortiz, a 16-year veteran; Detective Ana Reza, a 17-year veteran; Detective Jose Ruiz, a 17-year veteran; and Arzaga all resigned as a result of the investigation.

According to court records, Arzaga was charged with tampering with a government record with intent to defraud/ harm back in 2012.

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