RAYMOND — The Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office says a Raymond woman has been charged with impersonating a federal officer.

Authorities told WGME-TV that Julie Sutherland posed as a federal animal welfare agent to trick a Casco woman into giving up her horse last month by claiming it was being neglected.

Search photos available for purchase: Photo Store →

When the woman and her boyfriend asked Sutherland for her federal credentials, she couldn’t produce them, so they went to police.

The sheriff’s office didn’t arrest Sutherland, but issued her a summons to court last Friday. She is facing up to six months in jail and a $1,000 fine.

Sutherland had no comment when contacted.

Police say everyone has the right to ask for proper identification from anyone claiming to be a law enforcement officer.