RICHMOND, Va. — Federal prosecutors will dismiss charges against a Virginia man they say posed as a CIA agent to get others to rob three banks in northern Virginia.

The charges are being dropped as part of a plea deal in which Joshua Brady pleaded guilty to forging a Richmond federal judge’s signature. Court records show Brady created a fake court order and falsified the judge’s signature in an effort to get his cell phone service restored after a dispute with Verizon over an unpaid bill.

On Wednesday, Brady, 26, was sentenced to three years of supervised release and ordered to receive mental health treatment. He was also ordered not to use the Internet for a year.

“Although there is some disagreement between mental health professionals about Brady’s diagnosis, there is complete agreement that he suffers from serious mental health problems that provided him with a defense to attempted bank robbery and false impersonation charge,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Moore wrote in a position paper on Brady’s sentencing.

Brady is living with his mother and stepfather in South Chesterfield, according to court documents.

Court records say the attempted bank robberies occurred in Alexandria and Fairfax County in June 2012. Brady told those he wanted to rob the banks that they would be helping in a bank security exercise.

“It is difficult to overstate the seriousness of that conduct, which could have led to violence directed at bank employees, bystanders, or the persons who attempted these robberies while acting at Brady’s behest,” Moore wrote.

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