WASHINGTON — Not content with the traditional ways of robbing a bank, you have to give a Virginia man credit for developing an entirely new — and outlandish — scheme.

Joshua Brady was indicted for allegedly impersonating a Central Intelligence Agency official in an effort to recruit accomplices to help him extort money from three banks, according to published news reports. Citing an indictment and statements from authorities, media reports said Brady solicited others to rob Washington D.C.-area locations of Capital One, BB&T and SunTrust, telling them the money would go back to the U.S. government.

While it was certainly creative, the plan didn't work. Brady has been in custody since last month and faces one charge of impersonating a government official and three counts of attempted bank robbery, the reports say. If convicted, each count has a maximum punishment of 20 years in prison.

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