WORCESTER COUNTY, Md.– A Girdletree man is awaiting trial following accusations that he impersonated Worcester County Sheriff Reggie Mason on Craigslist.
Forty-three-year-old Michael E. Sponseller had placed an ad on Craigslist in an attempt to sell dogs, according to the Sheriff's Office. Police said Sponseller got into an argument with someone via email regarding the legality of selling dogs on Craigslist.
According to police, Sponseller allegedly identified himself as Sheriff Reggie Mason and threatened to arrest the person he was in an argument with for harassing him about the ad on Craigslist. Detectives said they obtained the email exchanges between Sponseller and the other person that showed Sponseller identified himself as Sheriff Mason.
Sponseller was charged with impersonating a police officer and is awaiting trial at a future date.
The Sheriff's Office is reminding the community that Sheriff Mason does not utilize Craigslist to sell animals or other items and has not engaged in email exchanges with anyone over Craigslist.
Editor's note: The original version of this article indicated Michael Sponseller was arrested on the aforementioned charge. In fact, he was served a criminal summons. WBOC regrets the error.
Wednesday, July 23 2014 3:49 PM EDT2014-07-23 19:49:09 GMT
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