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Leader of LGBTQ chapter in Pittsburgh accused of rigging police lights on his car, claimed he had police powers

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The president of an LGBTQ organization in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania has been arrested and charged with forgery and impersonating an Allegheny County sheriff’s deputy.

According to the CBS affiliate in Pittsburgh, investigators say Gary Van Horn rigged his car with police lights and forged Sheriff Bill Mullen’s signature on office papers so he could claim he had police powers.

Apparently Van Horn had shown up to an incident on at least one occasion with his unauthorized police lights on and forged papers in hand.

Sheriff Mullen denies ever signing those documents.


Van Horn has been a major community leader within the city. He owns and operates a number of pizza franchises and nightclubs. He also is the president of the Delta Club, the largest LGBTQ organization in Pittsburgh. That organization oversees the annual Pittsburgh Pride parade held every summer. Due to the charges, Van Horn has offered to take a leave of absence, which the board has accepted.

Van Horn now faces felony charges.


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