The Sheriff's Office is wanting to advise everyone on an on-going scam where a business you may or may not have business connections with . Today, we received creditable information from a Johnson County citizen of a scam involving an individual claiming to be an employee of KCP&L. The person tried to convince the citizen that he was currently behind on his bill and was in jeopardy of having his electricity turned off. The caller told him if he would make immediate credit card payment over the phone he could avoid having his services terminated and not have a bad entry in his credit history. The citizen made contact with KCP&L to find out if the call was legitimate. KCP&L advised him that it was a scam and they did not do business over the phone and would never demand money from the customer.
The important thing to remember, law enforcement as well as legitimate businesses do not call people on the phone and make threats and demanding money. If you should get this type of phone call from someone claiming to be from a business demanding you pay them money on a past due account, get a call back number for the caller or simply hang up. Once you have terminated the call, call the business and report what had just happened. This is the same type of scam that was going on approximately six months ago. The caller said he was from a law enforcement agency stating you or a loved one has an outstanding warrant and then gives you an option to send money to take care of it to avoid being arrested. NO law enforcement agencies will conduct business over the phone. They will do it in person and only in person. Again, get the person's name and agency and then hang up. Look up the phone number for the agency, either in the phone book or on the internet. Call the number and report what had just happened.
Please protect yourself and your money. Always question anyone who is calling and demanding money. If you question the caller over the phone, many times he or she will simply hang up. NEVER, NEVER, NEVER give you personal or financial information to anyone on the phone.
On July 10, 2017, the Johnson County Narcotics Enforcement Unit conducted surveillance at a residence in the 800 block of SE 1175 Rd., Windsor, Missouri in Johnson County. During surveillance, a wanted fugitive identified as Chad Dunkin, age 45, of Windsor, was seen entering and exiting the residence. Detectives applied for and received a search warrant for the residence. Just before 3:00 p.m., the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office and Warrensburg Police Department Joint Special Weapons and Tactics Team executed the search warrant. Dunkin was located inside the residence and was arrested on a probation and parole warrant for three counts of forgery, with a $25,000.00 cash only warrant as well as an additional Probation and Parole warrant for three counts of possession of a controlled substance which also had a $25,000.00 cash only bond. In additional to the Probation and Parole warrant, he was also arrested on a non Probation and Parole warrant for two additional drug related charges with a $4,500.00 cash or surety bond.
An additional resident of the house, a white female, age 38, of Windsor, was arrested on a 24 hour investigative hold on a felony charge of Harboring a Fugitive for giving shelter and aid to Dunkin. The investigation will be forwarded to the Johnson County Prosecutor's Office for formal charges. The above name has been omitted as formal charges have not been filed.
On June 28, 2017, shortly after 11:30 a.m., the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Enforcement Unit and the Warrensburg Police Department executed a narcotics related search warrant in the 400 block of Russell Ave., Warrensburg. During the execution of the search warrant, detectives located pre-packaged bags containing methamphetamine, marijuana, packaging material, drug paraphernalia, a firearm and $2,187.00 in U.S. currency. Detective also located and seized a locked container, which a search warrant was later applied for and received. Detective arrested Jacob Williams, age 32, of Warrensburg, on a 24 hour investigative hold for delivery of a controlled substance.
On June 29, 2017, the Johnson County Prosecutors Office issued a warrant for Williams, charging him with felony of Delivery of a controlled substance, felony of unlawful possession of a firearm and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia, with a $20,000 cash or surety bond. On June 29, 2017, a no bond Probation and Parole warrant was issued and served. Williams remains in the custody of the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office and additional charges could be sought by the Prosecutors Office once the investigation is completed. The charges contained in this press release are simply accusation, and not evidence of guilt.
On July 12, 2017, a search warrant was executed on the locked container at which time detectives located additional pre-packaged methamphetamine, pre-packaged containers of pills, psilocybin mushroom and drug paraphernalia. During the search warrant, approximately 6 ounces of methamphetamine was located, with an estimated street value of over $17,000.00.
On Tuesday, July 18, 2017, Johnson County Prosecuting Attorney Robert Russell applied for and received an arrest warrant for Donald Lloyd Peery, age 84 for Second Degree Assault with a $30,000.00 Cash Only bond. He was released from the hospital during the early morning hours and immediately incarcerated at the Johnson County Jail where he will remain until his bond has been met.
The deputy involved in this event was treated for his injuries and released from the hospital. He will remain on Administrative Leave until all the Critical Incident protocols have been met.
On Monday, July 17th at approximately 1755 hrs, the Jackson County Sheriff's Office requested an agency assist with a suspect who had been involved in a vehicular assault at a grocery store in Lone Jack, Mo. They advised the suspect was eastbound on US 50 from Lone Jack and believed to headed into Johnson County. At approximately 1817 hrs, the Jackson County Sheriff's Office notified Johnson County Dispatch and advised the suspect was at the El Paso restaurant and they were currently talking to him on the phone. Jackson County requested the Johnson County Sheriff's Deputies contact the suspect and detain him for their department.
At approximately 1819 hrs, a Johnson County Deputy Sheriff located the suspect's vehicle at the restaurant and waited until the suspect exited the business to contact him. As the Deputy approached the suspect became verbally abusive was uncooperative. He refused any and all instructions given to him by the Deputy. As the suspect attempted to flee the parking lot, he placed the car into gear and began to drive away as the deputy attempted to stop him. As the vehicle fled the parking lot, it struck the deputy who in response, fired at the vehicle.
The vehicle left the business and traveled northbound on MO. 131 at a very high rate of speed. After approximately two miles, the driver of the fleeing vehicle lost control, ran off the road and overturned. He was placed under arrest and taken from the scene to a nearby hospital for treatment.
The Deputy was taken to the Western Missouri Medical Center for treatment of his injuries. He has been placed on paid administrative leave as part of the critical incident protocol.
The assault on a law enforcement officer investigation is being conducted by the Missouri State Highway Patrol. Information will be provided to the Johnson County Prosecuting Attorney for the filing of formal charges. He is currently on a 24-hour hold for Assault on a Law Enforcement Officer and will be held at the Johnson County Jail pending his release from the hospital.
This investigation is still ongoing.
June 2017 Fraud Prevention Fact
This month’s Missouri SMP (Senior Medicare Patrol) Fraud Fact focuses on marketers, fraudsters and scam artists who may try to trick you into buying something by using U.S. mail, AKA snail mail. As a Medicare beneficiary or someone getting ready to enroll in Medicare, you will receive a lot of pieces of mail disguised as official correspondence from Medicare.
People nearing 65 years old are sometimes inundated with direct mail offers that deal with Medicare. If you fall into that category, be extra careful. An insurance company might send you an official looking letter, offering you a free updated guide so that you can understand your rights and be aware of deadlines for taking action. They might even be using likenesses of the red, white and blue Medicare cards and official guides. But, despite the official look, these folks do not represent Medicare.
Deadlines do exist, and you do have rights, but you do not need to answer these ads to find out. Medicare.gov is a great website offering such information. And CLAIM, the state health insurance assistance program, can help you for free without trying to sell anything. Many area agencies on aging offer free, unbiased benefits counseling for free. Don’t be fooled by literature that looks legit. Read the fine print. As always, report suspected Medicare fraud to the Missouri SMP at (888) 515-6565. SMPs are funded through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Community Living, Administration on Aging.
On May 15, 2017, the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office, Narcotics Enforcement Unit, was pleased to host a drug awareness presentation for students at the Chilhowee School. During the presentation, Misty Miller and Shane Lawrence spoke to students about the dangers of drugs and the effects drug usage has on the user, their family and friends.
Sadly, Misty Miller lost her brother, Jason A Hill, on January 28, 2011 from an accidental drug overdose. Misty shared the struggles that Jason had with his alcohol/drug addiction and the effects it had on their family.
Shane bravely spoke to the students about his own cannabis and alcohol abuse as a teenager while partying with his friends. It wasn’t long before Shane started using methamphetamine and other illegal drugs. Shane pointed out to the students that he had spent just over 12 ½ years incarcerated in a jail or prison and his prison experiences.
Misty and Shane wanted the students to realize how drug use can touch the lives of so many and the toll it takes on not only the user, but also on their family, friends, and community. Education and prevention can be key to helping students decide to avoid these dangers before drugs can take control of their lives.
The Johnson County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank both Misty and Shane for sharing their stories with the students today. It takes great courage to stand in front of a group of students and share these personal and emotional life events.
FACILITY MAINTENANCE WORKER POSITION
The Johnson County Commissioners have approved the hiring of a person to fill a vacant position of Maintenance Worker at the Johnson County Jail facility in Centerview. The applicant needs to be familiar with electrical, mechanical and have some carpentry skills.
Some of the duties include, but not limited to, are as follows;General building and grounds maintenance Painting Electrical Limited heating and cooling repair Carpentry Plumbing Mechanical Repair
The applicant must possess a valid MISSOURI driver’s license. The applicant will also be required to work a specified work shift consisting of Monday thru Friday at the beginning and then transitioning to Wednesday thru Sunday. The applicant will also be subject to call-out for emergency repair situations at the facility.
As an employee of the county, the applicant is eligible for Health Insurance, Paid Vacation, Paid Holidays, Paid Sick Leave, as well as a Retirement Program.
Any qualified person interested in applying for this position, must complete the Employment Application form located in the “Employment” tab on the Sheriff’s Department Website. The application must be submitted to the Sheriff’s Office no later than the end of the business day on May 31, 2017. After all applications have been received, then interview boards will scheduled followed by a background investigation.
NOTE: Evidence of criminal conduct, moral turpitude, drug/alcohol abuse, emotional/psychological instability or similar circumstances may disqualify a person for this position.
May 2017 Fraud Prevention Fact
As May arrives, you may be ready to spring into wellness. As you do, the Missouri SMP (Senior Medicare Patrol) wants you to know that Medicare has you covered for many preventive benefits.
Medicare’s preventive benefits are intended to keep you healthy or to find potential illnesses soon after they develop. When health conditions are found early, they are easier and less expensive to treat.
When you consider your preventive benefits, remember that your personal primary health care physician should guide your decisions about which tests and screenings you need, and how often. Medicare covers many screenings annually or every two years, but sometimes the coverage depends on your personal health history. Most all of these tests are covered without you having to pay coinsurance or meet a deductible. That means that you should incur no out-of-pocket costs most of the time. Again, check with your personal primary care physician.
Medicare may cover screenings for heart diseases, several types of cancer, depression, diabetes, hepatitis, HIV and osteoporosis – among others. If you need counseling to stop using tobacco or alcohol, Medicare may cover that service. Even flu and pneumonia vaccines are covered. A comprehensive list is available online at medicare.gov.
If you have any doubts about whether you will have an out-of-pocket cost, ask your doctor. Again, the source for these services should be your trusted physician or someone he refers you to – NOT someone who approaches you out of the blue and offers free services. As always, report suspected Medicare fraud to the Missouri SMP at (888) 515-6565.
SMPs are funded through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Community Living, Administration on Aging.
April 2017 Fraud Prevention Fact
The Missouri SMP wants you to be a wise consumer when it comes to your everyday health care. That probably means avoiding health screenings offered by strangers in malls, church basements or trailer offices.
For example, Medicare pays for an Annual Wellness Visit every year. The visit includes a health risk assessment based on medical history, risk factors for depression, functional ability, falls risk, and cognitive function. These health issues are best discussed with your own personal physician.
The Senior Medicare Patrol has received reports that companies are using aggressive phone calls and flyers to advertise services available for a short time in a temporary location. They say they offer prevention screenings, and often offer additional tests, which have out-of-pocket costs. When the beneficiaries go to the temporary clinic, they are asked for their Medicare information. Without the beneficiaries’ knowledge, the clinic bills Medicare for the Annual Wellness Visit. When the beneficiary goes to his own doctor for that Wellness Visit, Medicare denies the claim because the mobile clinic has already charged for it. Medicare will pay for only one each year.
If you need a screening, always call your doctor first. Always be wary of health providers that offer free screenings and ask for your Medicare number and insurance information. Don’t give your Medicare or insurance information for a free service. You could wind up with expensive bills or tests you don’t need. And, if Medicare pays for something you don’t need, it may not pay later for services that you really do need.
If you suspect Medicare fraud or abuse, call the Missouri Senior Medicare Patrol at (888) 515-6565. SMPs are funded through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Community Living, Administration on Aging.
March 2017 Fraud Prevention Fact
March is the height of income tax time, which also is prime time for the scam artists. That’s why the Missouri Senior Medicare Patrol is devoting this fraud prevention fact to protecting against fraud during tax season. Scams are so common during tax time that the IRS has come up with a list of the top ones. Here are a few:
The first is phishing (with a “p”). You need to be aware of fake emails or websites trying to steal personal information. The IRS will never initiate contact with you in email about a bill or refund. If you get an email from the IRS, delete it. Don’t click on it.
Then there are the phone scams. Criminals pretending to be IRS call and threaten taxpayers with police arrest, deportation and license revocation, among other things. Don’t fall for it. The IRS is not going to call you and threaten to arrest you.
You need to watch out for identity thieves year round, and tax time is no exception. Criminals would like to get ahold of your Social Security number to file a fake tax return. If you plan to file a return, do so as soon as possible. That way, the IRS will know if someone else is trying to use your number after you have filed. Always protect your Social Security Number. Also, protect your bank account and your Medicare numbers.
If you have a professional file your tax return, make sure it’s someone you trust, not someone who sets up a temporary location and preys on people looking for inexpensive services. For more information, visit www.irs.gov.
As always, report suspected Medicare fraud to the Missouri Senior Medicare Patrol at (888) 515-6565.
SMPs are funded through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Community Living, Administration on Aging.