- Associated Press - Monday, January 13, 2014

BENTLEYVILLE, Pa. (AP) - A southwestern Pennsylvania man has been extradited from Missouri to face charges he posed as a lawman while scamming people during online automobile sales.

The (Washington) Observer-Reporter (http://bit.ly/1kxPpcq ) says 25-year-old Timothy Rossell, of Bentleyville, was returned Thursday from the Franklin County, Mo. jail.

Southwest Regional police Chief John Hartman says Rossell would claim to be either a constable or a state trooper, apparently to enhance his credibility during the vehicle deals on Craigslist.

In two instances, police say Rossell claimed to be a Pennsylvania lawman who needed a work vehicle and took delivery, only to stiff the sellers for the payment.

In a third case, Rossell allegedly identified himself as a retired Missouri state trooper when he accepted payment from a western Pennsylvania man for a vehicle he never delivered.

Rossell was arrested in Missouri in April.



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