IRS Scam Alert – Please Share

Fraud Alert

The Bedford County Sheriff’s Office has received many calls from citizens advising they had received a call from an IRS Agent. The caller identifies themselves as an agent and tells the person that they owe the IRS money.

This is a scam and people receiving these calls are advised not to provide any personal information. The person is also advised to contact the IRS should they have a question.

Lyons Sisters Investigation Continues

Press Release
March 23, 2015

Bedford, Virginia – The ongoing investigation into the disappearance of the Lyon sisters from Maryland continues with new efforts on Taylor’s Mountain in Bedford. The investigation has developed additional leads through supplemental investigative interviews that have found cause to conduct an additional dig on the mountain in efforts to locate the missing children. This effort is being conducted collaboratively by the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office, the Virginia State Police, and the Montgomery Maryland Police Department. A representative from the Virginia Department of Forensic Science is on scene, and it is anticipated this process will take several days to complete. The dig is being done in hopes of finding additional evidence to bring a successful resolution and closure to the case from 1975.

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Training to Spot Cyberbullying Available to Parents and Educators

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iqf7QwigKeo&feature=youtu.be

Richmond, VA – A new training program designed to teach adults how to know if a child is being cyberbullied was unveiled today by Bedford County Sheriff Mike Brown at the Virginia State Capitol.

Brown got the idea for “Cyberbullying: Our Children, Our Problem” after reading about the suicide of a 12-year-old Florida girl.

The program is a partnership between the Safe Surfin’ foundation and the National White Collar Crime Center.

Tammy Garcia flew overnight from California to be there for the announcement. Garcia’s son Michael committed suicide in 2011.

“He was an athlete in school. He was beautiful. He was a bodybuilder and had so much going for him. He was the captain of the football team. He was getting straight A’s” said Tammy Garcia. “So for something like this to come to the point of suicide, it was shocking for our family.”

The online training is geared toward both parents and educators. It takes about 30-45 minutes to complete. Click here for a link to the training.

Bedford County Sheriff Mike Brown Targets Cyberbullying

Original News Link:

http://www.wdbj7.com/video/bedford-county-sheriff-targeting-cyberbullying/31833572

Time Sensitive – Business Scam Where Callers Pretend to be AEP

Fraud AlertPress Release
February 24, 2015

Sheriff Brown is providing the following information in reference to a ‘scam ‘ being perpetuated against businesses in our area.

The business owner receives a call from 866-978-8143 from a person alleging that they were calling from AEP and asking for payments of large amounts, $1,000.00 to $1,400.00, for ‘balance owed’ or, they would ‘cut off’ the power to the business. The first person to speak did not have an accent, but passed off the customer to a woman with an accent…Far East accent or similar and asking that the amount owed be ‘wired’ to ‘powerreloadit’

If you receive this type of call DO NOT PAY! But, call AEP to register the call and ask if, in fact, your business does have a ‘balanced owed.’

While we only have businesses reporting this ‘scam’ households should also be alert to this newest, in this area, ‘scam.’ Probably because of the severe cold weather and snow we are experiencing.

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CAPTURED UPDATE – February 2015

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Christopher Arrington CAPTURED

Christopher Thomas Arrington

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Search Warrant Results in Methamphetamine Arrest

Press Release
February 13, 2014



Bedford County Sheriff’s Investigators and Virginia State Police executed a search warrant at 5575 Jordantown Rd. in Bedford County that resulted in the arrest of two Bedford County residents on drug related charges.

Bedford County Investigators initiated an investigation into illegal activities at 5575 Jordontown Road in Vinton, VA. During this investigation, Investigators found evidence that the narcotics, specifically Methamphetamine, were being manufactured at the home.

On February 12, 2014, Sheriff’s Office Investigators, members of the Drug Enforcement Section of the State Police’s Bureau of Criminal Investigation, and the Virginia State Police Tactical Team executed a search warrant at this residence. An explosion occurred at the residence when the officers made entry. Officers located Joshua Kelley and Crystal Hiner inside and took them into custody. The explosion injured no one and all occupants were safely evacuated from the home.

Joshua Kelly was arrested for the distribution and manufacture of Methamphetamine. Crystal Hiner was arrested for possession of Schedule II narcotic. Both were transported to the Blue Ridge Regional Jail Authority in Bedford. Upon assessment, an active Methamphetamine lab was located in the garage of the residence and the State Police Clandestine Methamphetamine Laboratory team was able to dismantle it.

Joshua Kelley Crystal Hiner

Joshua Caleb Kelley, 38 years of age, of 5575 Jordontown Rd., Vinton VA. was arrested on one count of Distribution of Methamphetamine and one count of Manufacturing Methamphetamine. He is currently being held without a bond.

Crystal Nebula Hiner, 36 years of age, of 5575 Jordontown Rd., Vinton VA. was arrested on one count of Possession of Schedule II Narcotic. She is being held on a secured bond.

Other occupants were located during the execution of the search warrant and additional charges are being reviewed.

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Help Us Catch Them! Bedford County’s Most Wanted

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Christopher Arrington CAPTURED Jason Wayne Gowen
Christopher Thomas Arrington
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Jerry Wayne Underwood Timothy Lee Fizer
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If you know the location of any of these individuals, please submit your tip through Central Virginia Crime Stoppers (1-888-798-5900 or TEXT CVCS 574637). Callers to CVCS can remain anonymous and are eligible to receive a cash reward. Alternatively you can call the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office at 540-586-7827 or submit a tip through our online tip submission form located here.

Woman Charged with Felonious Malicious Wounding and the Use of a Firearm in Commission of a Felony

Gretchen S. Bennett

Gretchen S. Bennett

Bedford County 911 dispatchers received call at 8:50 p.m. Friday evening from a 131 Big Bear Run Vinton, Va., which is located in Bedford Co. The caller stated that he and his ex-wife, Gretchen Bennett, age 53,  had an argument over the phone earlier in the day. He said she showed up at his home with a gun and shot him in his lower leg. He was able to get the gun away from her and advised he was holding her down until the deputies arrived on the scene. The victim was transported to Roanoke Memorial Hospital by ambulance. Gretchen S. Bennett, Wews Hill Road, Roanoke, Va., was arrested at the scene and charged with Felonious Malicious Wounding and the use of a firearm in commission of a felony. She was transported to the Bedford Adult Detention Center and was held without bond.

 

 

National White Collar Crime Center Newsletter Highlights Elderly Scams and Identity Theft

“The Briefing”, a newsletter from the National White Collar Crime Center, highlights elderly scams and identity theft and has other information on relevant topics to today such as data breaches and legislation requiring businesses to notify consumers within 30 days of a data breach.

Take the time to read this and educate yourself so you can stay safe from scams and identity theft.

NW3C Newletter in PDF