Amarillo: man gets prison for impersonating federal employee

AMARILLO, Texas (AP) - A judge in Amarillo has ordered 12 months in prison for a man who faked being a high-ranking federal worker.

Thirty-6-year-old Christopher Wayne Ralston pleaded guilty in August to false impersonation of a federal employee.

U.S. District Judge Mary Lou Robinson on Friday also ordered Ralston to pay $19,200 in restitution.

Court documents say Ralston posed as a Justice Department operations director to set up a federal program in Amarillo.

He indicated to an Amarillo homebuilder that he'd buy a home with a $320,000 wire transfer from the Justice Department. Based on that -- the builder completed a home to Ralston's specifications.

Ralston also had 13 people complete a questionnaire for national security positions and they gave personal information.

One woman who was offered a high-level job by Ralston -- incurred travel and other expenses.