The members of the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office are dedicated to protecting life and property. We are committed to providing all citizens with the highest quality full-service law enforcement in an effective and efficient manner. While providing the traditional services of the Office of Sheriff, we stand ready to support and augment all other law enforcement agencies.
We recognize that the ability to successfully complete our mission is based on shared mutual respect and responsibility between the Sheriff's Office, other law enforcement agencies, and the citizens we serve.
As professionals, we will enforce the laws in a fair and impartial manner, recognizing both the statutory and judicial limitations of our police authority, and at all times respecting and protecting the constitutional rights of every individual.
The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office has received reports that several citizens have been contacted by someone purporting to be with the Internal Revenue Service in an effort to defraud them.
Since we are currently in tax season, many more citizens may be contacted by someone saying that they are with the Internal Revenue Service.
Across the country, citizens have been called by scammers using common names and fake IRS badge numbers. They may also know the last four digits of citizens Social Security Number and the caller’s number may appear to belong to the IRS.
They might also send bogus e-mails to support the scam, or call back claiming to be the authorities saying that they have or will issue an arrest warrant.
According to a news release from the IRS, citizens should be warned that the IRS usually first contacts people by mail about unpaid taxes, not by phone. If they do contact you by phone, they will never ask you to make a payment with a pre-paid debit card, wire transfer, or ask for a credit card number over the phone.
If you’re contacted by phone, simply hang up and visit the following link to report the scammer’s activities: http://www.treasury.gov/tigta/contact_report_scam.shtml
Several citizens have called inquiring about a mailer they received soliciting donations from the Tennessee Sheriffs’ Association, inquiring if it is a scam.
The mailer has gone out this month, and asks for donations to support law enforcement.
These mailers are not scam, and are legitimately used to request donations for the organization. However, the organization will never solicit by telephone.
Please see the attached image of a sample flyer that is being distributed.
Montgomery County Sheriff John Fuson and several of his staff came together Thursday night to inform citizens gathered at Olivet Free Will Baptist Church.
Reverend Chris Camp began the meeting by thanking the Sheriff and the MCSO for all they do.
“Anytime I go to something (the Sheriff) is always there,” Camp said, adding that he and his staff go “above and beyond” for the community.
Fuson said he puts on such community meetings, including several upcoming ones, to “inform citizens on what is going on and address any concerns that they may have in the community.”
“You can come and learn from us, and we can learn from you about the things that have been going on in your community,” Fuson said.
Inv. Sgt. Steve Heise spoke to the crowd about a spike in aggravated burglaries that have occurred in the area, and said that because a citizen called in something abnormal they noticed, the suspects were arrested which closed out 17 burglaries in that area.
He also said he’s proud of the fact that the MCSO has a case solve rate for their crimes, is well above the national average.
Investigator Mark Lankford, who is assigned to investigate crimes that occur in this area of the county, was introduced to the attendees and gave tips on how to protect themselves from burglaries.
“Use your smart phones, take photos of your electronic items and their serial numbers,” Lankford said. “It will be easier for us to find stolen items if we have information on them.”
Lt. Brian Prentice warned everyone about telephone scams, some purporting to be Sheriff’s Office officials, and wanting the victim to put money on a prepaid card to pay “fines.”
“We will never ask you for money,” Prentice said. “And if someone calls saying you won the lottery, but need to pay them first, it’s a scam. Anytime anyone asks for money in that way, it’s a scam.” These tips can and will prevent you from falling victim.
Citizens also had the chance to ask questions to the Sheriff before the community meeting ended, and personally address concerns with a member of the MCSO.
Due to a citizen’s immediate willingness to help, a missing 4-year-old girl was found this morning on Mobley Road.
The girl’s father went into the neighbor’s backyard to retrieve her for school. She had been there playing with puppies. Along with the dogs, she was nowhere to be found, and after searching for her for a short time, they called 911.
Sheriff’s Office units responded, and after a short time, a man flagged authorities down and said one of his workers, Joseph Rash, was helping search for the girl and had found her in a nearby field.
Upon their return, the girl told authorities she was following the puppies into the woods to make sure they didn’t drown in the water nearby.
“I commend Mr. Rash for his immediate willingness to assist in searching for and ultimately finding this child,” Fuson said. “Time is of the essence when a child goes missing and his quick response could have very well prevented a tragedy.
The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office is investigating injuries that led to the death of an inmate of the Montgomery County Jail Monday night.
Preliminary findings are that Barry Wade Hobbs, 53, jumped from the upper level of a cell block and sustained several injuries. He was transported to Gateway Medical Center, and to Vanderbilt University Medical Center from there.
Hobbs died on Tuesday evening.
The investigation into the incident is ongoing and more information will be released at the conclusion of the investigation.
Scammers are once again targeting residents of Montgomery County, purporting to be officials of the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office.
Sgt. Steve Heise said the MCSO has received several complaints from victims who were told they had outstanding warrants, sometimes for failure to appear for jury duty.
“The subject will then ask the victim to put $1,000 on a Green Dot card and then give them the number over the phone, or they will be immediately arrested,” Heise said.
He added that the scammers are very good at what they do. They will spoof the MCSO’s telephone number and give them information about the agency obtained from the Internet. The scammers will also give the victim information about themselves they’ve researched through the internet.
“If a victim falls for it, it’s nearly impossible to get that money back,” Heise said. “The scammer is hard to track, but we’re teaming with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigations to try and track them down.”
The scammers might also pose as someone with another agency, or sweepstakes companies, but in all instances, they want the victim to give them money using a Green Dot card.
“The best thing you can do, if you receive one of these calls, is to hang up and call the actual agency to verify,” Heise said. “And keep in mind, government agencies will never ask for payment over the telephone.”
Sheriff John Fuson added: “The public should remember that no one from the Montgomery county sheriffs office will ever call them seeking money – all fees and fines for civil and criminal matters are handled by the court clerk.
Heise asks that citizens educate themselves, and spread the word about this scam to their friends and families, so no one else becomes a victim.
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