An investigation by the Muscogee County Sheriff’s Office has led to the arrest of an Ohio man in connection with a telephone scam for court fees.
Sheriff John Darr identified the suspect as John L. Dewberry, 37, of Dayton, Ohio. Dewberry faces one count of theft by deception and two counts each of impersonating a peace officer and using a communication facility to commit a crime.
He is being held in Montgomery County where he is awaiting extradition to Muscogee County. “We have not been able to go and pick him up,” Darr said.
Investigators launched a probe after a complaint was filed about a man who identified himself as a Muscogee County sheriff lieutenant.
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“Basically he was contacting people that they missed their court date or something,” the sheriff said.
The caller stated a warrant would be issued for their arrest if they didn’t get some type of green-dot card, a term the sheriff said he has never heard.
To get the card, the sheriff said one amount was for $1,500 and another was for $2,000. “Basically they give a case number and tell them on the phone if you don’t give them the green cards, they will have a deputy come by and pick the individual up,” Darr said. “We don’t call people up and tell them you need to send us money over the phone.”
Darr praised the tremendous efforts of sheriff investigators who tracked down the caller. “I know we tracked him using their cell phone,” he said. “We were able to track this down into Ohio.”
Two months ago, officials warned residents about paying fines to callers who claimed they worked for the sheriff’s office. Residents were encouraged to contact the sheriff’s office at 706-653-4225 to verify information from a suspicious caller.