CURTIS BAY, Md. (AP) — Anne Arundel County Police have arrested a man they say tried to get emergency relief funds from the U.S. Coast Guard by posing as a U.S. Army sergeant major.

Police say they were contacted by the Coast Guard Investigative Service. Investigators told police that a man claiming to be a sergeant contacted a chief warrant officer at Coast Guard Yard in Curtis Bay.

Authorities say the man claimed he seeking was assistance for a soldier who was flying to Baltimore because his wife was killed in a car accident.

Police say the man went to the Coast Guard Yard on Thursday to pick up the money. Authorities say when he signed for the money, he was arrested.

Twenty-eight-year-old Sterling Orlando Scott of Chesapeake, Virginia, was charged with theft and fraud.

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