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Man charged with impersonation

BY Carolyn Muyskens - cmuyskens@chronicle-tribune.com

A Marion man has been arrested and charged with impersonating a law enforcement officer after police say he claimed to be a deputy with the Grant County Sheriff's Department in a Facebook message.

The man, William Allen McKinney, 50, said he was Deputy Jonathan Bucher in a Facebook message in October in an attempt to get his Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) card back from someone he had loaned it to, according to Bucher's case report on the incident.

According to the family member that reported the Facebook message, her son had borrowed McKinney's EBT card and hadn't returned it.

McKinney told Bucher that he was trying “to scare” the family in the message, Bucher said. 

The Facebook message read, “This is officer j. bucher badge no. 1185 I have a I (sic) witness that Jacob gots this food stamp card and I need this back to the owner or I'm filling (sic) charges on Jacob and u (sic) Natalie as his supervisor and we have evidence of neglet (sic) so its your choice mam .I (sic) need to know your intentions.”

McKinney knew Bucher's badge number because Bucher had cited him for a traffic violation the previous month, according to the report.

Impersonation of a public servant is a Level 6 felony.

McKinney was picked up by the Grant County Sheriff's Department from the Montgomery County Jail Friday morning. He was being held in the Grant County Jail on a $605 bond.