By DAVE McMILLION
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - An Orrstown, Pa., man was charged with representing himself as an animal cruelty officer and convincing people to sell their horses to avoid penalities for fictitious animal cruelty violations, officials said.
After a lengthy investigation into the case, John Anthony Johnson, 39, of 10723 Tim Road, was charged last week with impersonating a public servant, theft by deception and receiving stolen property, officials said.
Johnson was arraigned before District Justice Larry Meminger and was later released on $10,000 bond, officials said.
Officials said Kraig and Karen Penn of Fayettville were convinced to sell two horses for $500, much less than their estimated value of $1,600, according to Pennsylvania State Police and Georgia Martin of the Humane Society in Franklin County, Pa.