The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

October 30, 2012

Police arrest Tenn. man for alleged FOP scam

By Carra Higgins
Register-Herald Reporter

— The Beckley Police Monday arrested a Tennessee man who they say has been illegally trying to solicit cash donations by representing himself as a member of the Fraternal Order of Police.

Detective M.G. Bragg said John Franklin Sealy, 39, is being charged with two counts of impersonating a police officer, two counts of attempting to obtain money under false pretenses and two counts of fraudulent schemes.

Although Sealy is from Tennessee, he had been working in the Beckley area, Bragg said.

Bragg said Sealy contacted an area business on Oct. 26 and tried to solicit a cash donation for the FOP. He attempted the same act Monday with another business. Bragg says both businesses contacted the police, which enabled officers to arrest Sealy, who is lodged in the Southern Regional Jail.

The incident is still under investigation and anyone who thinks they may have been solicited by Sealy are asked to contact Bragg at the Beckley Police Department, 304-256-1720.  Bragg added the Beckley Police Department does not solicit for donations.