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West Virginia man charged with impersonating a police officer

GRANTSVILLE — An Erbacon man is being charged with impersonating an officer after he allegedly falsified credentials in his application for Grantsville Police chief.

On Aug. 2, Sam Sloan Schrader, 29, 142 Carpenter Ford Road, Erbacon, told Grantsville Mayor Bob Petrovsky he was presently working as an investigator with the West Virginia State Police, according to a criminal complaint filed with the Calhoun County Magistrate Court

On the resume he turned in for the police chief position, it listed the investigator job and Schrader “displayed a badge and always carried a gun to reinforce this premise,” the complaint said. “He presented statements and information that he had expertise in interviewing subjects during investigations, maintaining order, arresting suspects, (and) issuing citations occurring on his duties during his career.”

When introducing himself to Calhoun County Sheriff Warren Basnett and deputy C.J. Myers, he again said he was working as an investigator for the state “while wearing a gold badge and carrying a gun,” the complaint said.

Last week, law enforcement contacted the state investigation offices including the secretary of state investigator’s office, the West Virginia State Insurance Commission, the West Virginia State Attorney General’s Office and “discovered that (Schrader) was never an investigator for their department nor was he ever employed with any state department except for the West Virginia Corrections and Rehabilitation Division,” the complaint said.

It was also confirmed that Schrader was never a special investigator for the departments like he claimed, the complaint said.

In December 2019, Schrader resigned from a corrections level II officer position to become a police officer in Sutton. Schrader did not return the silver badge he was issued when he resigned from that position, the complaint said.

“They also confirmed (Schrader) was never assigned special duties such as any investigator position for the department of corrections and rehabilitation,” the complaint said.

Schrader is being charged with impersonation of a law enforcement officer or official.

Candice Black can be reached at cblack@newsandsentinel.com.

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