Baltimore County police arrested a city man Monday night on charges of impersonating a police officer after he allegedly conned a Carroll County woman out of $36,000 - money he said was going toward investigations but that authorities said was gambled away in Atlantic City.
John Howard Sachs III, 27, of the 1700 block of Woodland Drive, met the woman online in a chat room, said state police in Westminster, who are leading the investigation. Police did not release the victim's name, but said she met Sachs under his screen name, "bmoreshottestcop."
The two began a monthlong relationship that included meetings in person, police said. The victim said Sachs told her he was a city police officer working undercover as a narcotics detective. He showed her a badge, she told state police.
On 13 occasions, police said, Sachs persuaded the woman to give him money that he said he needed for an investigation in New Jersey. State police Detective Sgt. Andrew G. Winner said the amount totaled $36,000, money the victim thought was being used for lodging, food and other expenses in the investigation.
State police received a tip Jan. 17 that led them to Sachs in Dundalk, where he was arrested by county police.
Winner said a state police investigation revealed that the money went to casinos in Atlantic City. He said that Sachs was released yesterday on a $50,000 bond.
State police said that Sachs apparently is not connected to a recent rash of police impersonators who have stopped motorists in Carroll County.