Newport News, Va. – The Virginia Marine Resource Commission is outraged after somebody created a phony Facebook make up among their officers, posting his personal info online.
Virginia Marine Authorities patrol our waters and reactreact to emergencies, impose laws and problem citations to violators. Recently, a Marine PoliceLaw enforcement officer saw that someone developed a phony Facebook account in his name.
Laurie Naismith is the general public Info Officer for the Virginia Marine Resource Commission. She said the firm was shocked when they learned exactly what took place.
According to a search warrant, the Facebook account had the officer’s name, house address, and a photo of where he lived posted on the website exposing his individual details.
Naismith said they do not knowhave no idea who did this but she believes it was someone the officer possibly issued a citation to in the past.
Naismith said the officer is “an identified, almost 4 decades of service to the Commonwealth, to the Marine cops. He understands the waters. He knows what hes doing and he understands that he makes people unhappy often when he does cite them.
Now State Police are investigating this circumstance.
They stated no one has been arrested and they would not elaborate on exactly what types of charges they might face.
But records show the offense would be use of a persons identity with intent to pester a law-enforcement officer which might be a felony – according to Virginia Law.
Other Marine officers NewsChannel 3 talked to are stunned by the strong move to expose the officer’s personal details online.
Facebook tells us the website has been taken down and say there is a policy for getting rid of fake accounts.
“Its not a greatan advantage. It occurred, but we proceed, stated Naismith.