WVa Man Charged With Impersonating Governor

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Hinton, W.Va. (AP) -- A Hinton man has been charged with impersonating Gov. Joe Manchin and a state Division of Natural Resources officer while soliciting private information from people he met online.

Thirty-two-year-old Matthew Don Reed faces charges of impersonation and forgery.

He is being held on $10,000 bond at Southern Regional Jail. It couldn't be immediately determined if he has a lawyer.

State police Sgt. T.L. Bragg says reed had been passing himself off as both a DNR officer and Manchin to people looking for jobs with the state.

Bragg says reed asked them to submit job applications including social security numbers and birth certificates.

Police are investigating whether reed was involved in a similar scheme involving fake state police applications.

(Copyright 2009 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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