Georgia Inmate and State Correctional Officer Arrested in
SCAM Phone Calls Demanding Money to Prevent Arrest
On April 2, 2014, Montgomery County Sheriff Darren M. Popkin advised that scammers were using the guise of a sheriff’s deputy to extort people into immediately sending money to avoid arrest. According to Montgomery County Sheriff Darren M. Popkin, a phone scam was going around the country and had reached Montgomery County, Maryland residents.
A caller, falsely claiming to be from the sheriff’s office, claims that a warrant issued for your arrest will be served unless, of course, you pay up.
“Montgomery County Deputy Sheriffs will never call and threaten to arrest you unless you immediately send an electronic payment,” said Sheriff Popkin. “Deputies will never ask you to place funds for payment on a pre-paid credit card to cancel an arrest warrant.”
The scammer might give you his name and “official” rank. A cloned caller ID number might look like an official call. The caller might also request personal information so he can clear your name and cancel the mythical arrest warrant.
The scammers might tell their victims to go to a store, get a pre-paid credit card, load it up with money, and then call a phone number with the card information.
Several Montgomery County residents were targeted. After getting several concerned calls from the public Sheriff Popkin assigned a security deputy to investigate the phony calls.
On May 19, 2014, the Bergen County, NJ Sheriff’s Office in cooperation with Georgia law enforcement authorities announced the arrest of at least two of these thieves, a Georgia State Correctional Officer and an inmate in a Georgia State Correctional Facility.
The Bergen County Sheriff’s Office, with assistance from the Georgia Department of Corrections, Gwinnett County (GA) Sheriff’s Office, and Laurens County (GA) Sheriff’s Office, arrested two suspects; Clarinda K. Carter, a Correctional Officer at Wheeler State Correctional Facility in Alamo, Georgia, and Covian J. Camp, an inmate incarcerated at Autry State Prison in Pelham, Georgia.
Clarinda Carter waived extradition, and was transferred to the Bergen County Jail on Friday, May 16, 2014. Covian Camp remains incarcerated at Autry State Prison from a prior conviction. They were each charged with two counts of Theft by Extortion, a crime in the second degree, and two counts of impersonating a Law Enforcement Officer, a crime in the fourth degree.
Sheriff Popkin cautions that although these two have been arrested, there may be other individuals attempting to commit copy cat theft schemes.
People can protect themselves from becoming victims of identify theft by never giving out any personal information when getting an unsolicited phone call. Giving out sensitive information over the phone — both personal and financial — can put people at risk for fraud.
If you have received a scam phone call from someone claiming to be a Montgomery County (Md.) Deputy Sheriff who is going to arrest you unless you immediately send money, do not provide any personal information or send money. Please save any recorded messages, record the date and time of the phone call, the purported name of the caller, the call back number, and their phone number as displayed on caller ID. Then notify the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office at 240-777-7000.
For further information contact Sheriff Darren M. Popkin or Chief Deputy Sheriff Mark E. Bonanno at 240-777-7000.