Scammer impersonating sheriff’s officer
by Paisley Boston
Jun 18, 2014 | 3918 views | 0 0 comments | 33 33 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Scams are on the rise in Bolivar County.

According to Sheriff Kelvin Williams, someone has been impersonating a member of his staff and scamming citizens.

"Someone has been calling individuals and telling them that they owe process servicing fees or something of that magnitude. The individual has also been telling the victims to purchase Wal-Mart prepaid credit cards to settle their debts," said Williams.

"This incident has also been occurring in Sunflower County. We have been investigating this matter and we want our citizens to know that we would never call them and say things such as this," he added.

"If we serve a process due, we will have a certified sheriff deputy to report to an individual's house and serve a process due. We never tell individuals to load money on a prepaid card," said Williams.

Process servers file court papers, serve legal documents and retrieve documents. Their principal job is to deliver or serve legal documents to a defendant or person involved in a court case.

"As of now, I am not certain of the penalty that this person will face but there are strong ramifications behind this sort of crime," he added.

According to House Bill 322 it is unlawful for any person not authorized to impersonate a state highway safety patrolman, wear or use the insignia or uniform thereof, or to in anywise imitate or impersonate a patrolman.

Any person found guilty of violating this section shall be guilty of a felony and upon conviction, shall be punished by a fine of not more than $5,000 or by imprisonment in the custody of the department of corrections for a term not exceeding three years, or by both such fine and imprisonment.

Any person who falsely and willfully assumes or pretends to be an officer or employee acting under the authority of the State of Mississippi or any department, agency or officer thereof; or of any county, municipality or any other subdivision of the State of Mississippi, or of any department agency or officer of such county, municipality or subdivision, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and punished.

A person may face six months in prison or a fine of not more than $500.

"Impersonating an officer is a punishable crime and we will prosecute this individual to the fullest extent of the law. We will find out who it is and handle this situation," said Williams.