A Nebraska man accused of falsely identifying himself as a U.S. Marshal at various places in around Omaha was arrested Wednesday, authorities said. Jeffrey Ostdiek, 55, of Sarpy County was taken into custody at a hotel in Omaha, the U.S. Marshals Service said in a news release. Ostdiek allegedly identified himself as a U.S. Marshal to the Sarpy County Sheriff’s Office and at a local spa where he asked for information on an employee. He also allegedly went to another Omaha business and harassed employees for several days, claiming there was a federal case against the company.
He is also accused of attempting to gain entry to a private home. Deputies advised the homeowner to get a protection order. After police issued a notice barring Ostdiek from trespassing, he allegedly signed it as “The United States Marshal Jeffrey Thomas Ostdiek.” “The Marshals Service has a storied history with dedicated employees serving our community every day,” U.S. Marshal for the District of Nebraska Scott Kracl said. “Having a person identify themselves as a U.S. Marshal and causing harm to those we serve will not be tolerated. We will pursue and attempt to prosecute to the fullest extent anyone who attempts to tarnish that reputation.”