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Ontario County man facing new charges
Victor, N.Y. -- Dylan Chase, 44, was already facing weapons charges and accused of posing as a humane society investigator in Livingston County.
On Monday, he was arraigned on new charges related to the same crime. State police said Chase lied on forms he filed with the New York State Department of Criminal Justice Services to become a peace officer in Livingston County.
It was Chase's fifth felony arrest.
State police said he carried a handgun, and that is illegal because he is a felon.
Investigator Mark Eifert said he's been investigating Chase for four years.
Eifert said what's alarming is that Chase not only dressed like an officer of the law, carrying a gun and a badge, but he also handled actual cases of animal abuse.
Eifert said this is not only a serious crime, but a violation of trust to the public.
Complaints from the public tipped off police in Avon when Chase was charged back in August. People reported seeing Chase dressed in uniform at events like the Corn Festival.
Eifert said this case is a reminder that people can and should speak up if they have questions about credentials displayed by an officer of the law. He said people need to call 911 and check it out if they have suspicions.
Chase was arraigned on the new charges in Albany, where the paperwork was filed.
13WHAM News did try to reach Chase for comment, but he did not answer the door at his home in Victor.