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June 1, 2012 - 2:28pm

Local business owner accused of impersonating cop to keep potential competitor out of town

posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, crime.

A local business owner has been charged with two Class A misdemeanors after allegedly making a phone call to a property owner on Ellicott Street and impersonating a law enforcement officer in an attempt to intimidate her from renting the property to a potential competitor.

Jason Lang, 28, is charged with criminal personation, 2nd, and aggravated harassment, 2nd.

Sgt. Ron Lobur said Lang turned himself in to State Police, was cooperative and was released on an appearance ticket.

According to Lobur, Lang allegedly called a property owner and left a phone message saying he was a State Police "detective" and warned her that a business she may be renting to has a reputation for selling synthetic marijuana and bath salts.  He allegedly warned her that she might not want to rent to this business.

Lobur noted that the State Police do not employ detectives. Rather, their detective work is done by investigators.

Lang, a Liberty Street resident, owns The Laughing Buddha on Ellicott Street and has admitted in the past to selling synthetic marijuana.

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About this man's "ethical" decision not to... LOL!!

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All that over fake pot!

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WHAT'S HE SMOKIN ????

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I imagine some of his own synthetic products

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"Local business owner accused of impersonating cop to keep potential competitor out of town"

Jason, this incident isn't about selling fake pot, it might be closer to coercion

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Maybe he's on that new stuff he wants to sell. For all the people who stuck up for this man, I can't wait to hear what you come up with now!!!!

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Ok, I come up with what I posted before, every business has a right to sell legal products.

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He impersonated a law enforcement officer!!! I'm thinking that's not legal is it? Maybe he'll try to impersonate a judge next!!! This has absolutely NOTHING to do with selling legal products!!!!

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Frank this has absolutely nothing to do with what he sells, he not only impersonated an officer of the law, he did so with the intent to financially gain by doing so.

There is nothing that can be said about this except that it is criminal and rightfully so

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A couple of these comments are borderline personal attacks. I deleted one that did include name calling. Stick to the issues, not the person.

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I'm not arguing whether or not he broke the law, my posts were, and are about the right to sell legal products,
whether it is alcohol, cold medicine, or synthetic horse crap.
I was compelled to answer Robins post as I felt it was a "see I told you so" type post. I don't defend criminal activity.
If it isn't about what he sells, please explain all the above references to what he sells. or smokes. 3
out of 7 posts mentioned something to do with the product, so don't sit there and tell me its not about the product.

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He should loose his business license if found guilty.

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Jack, he just lost his credibility, which is the death penalty for his business, guilty or not.

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Frank, if I had wanted to say I told you so, I would have said it!!!

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