A Pauls Valley, Oklahoma man is behind bars in Stephens County after authorities say he is accused of falsely impersonating a police officer.
According to court documentation, Matthew Ryne Brumley, 35, of Pauls Valley, faces charges of false personation of a public officer (sham legal process) and possessing a firearm during the commission of a felony.
Law enforcement affidavits obtained from the Stephens County Courthouse show a call came in around 9:05 a.m. July 7 from someone who had dealings with Brumley. According to the report, the male reporting party told law enforcement they hired a third party electric company to do a job at a location on N 3040 Road in the county. The advisee told police he was told by a male under the name of Matthew Brumley that he worked for the third party.
The reporting party told police the electric company went out to the residence on July 1, but because of rain, they could not get their trucks in and rescheduled the job for July 6.
However, reports show on July 4, Brumley arrived at the location, advised he was with the electric company and looked around the property. Police noted in reports that Brumley told a female on the property “she was illegal with the state of Oklahoma,” according to the affidavit.
At that time, reports show Brumley showed an identification card which showed “Oklahoma narcotics and drugs,” but the person couldn’t remember all the identification card said because Brumley “pulled it back too fast.”
Reports show Brumley told the woman if she paid him $4,500 that he could make the “operation legal and keep the state off their property” and “guarantee the state would not shut them down,” affidavits state.
When advised by the woman she did not have that money, Brumley lowered it to $2,500, and she said she would have to leave to go get the money and Brumley said he would return. When he did, he had two other unknown males with him and the woman handed him the money.
The woman told police she was scared and didn’t know what to do because he “had a gun on his right hip,” and she was “frightened for her life and did not want to argue with someone with a gun.”
Law enforcement noted in the report they matched photos of Brumley on the woman’s phone that were taken while he was on the property and matched them to photos from other agencies who have dealt with him previously. They confirmed Brumley’s identification.
Brumley’s bail is set at $100,000. He is due back in court for a preliminary hearing conference at 9 a.m. Sept. 1, 2021.