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March Fraud Facts

March 2018 Fraud Fact

This month, we are going to talk once again about the new Medicare cards to help you avoid becoming a target of fraud. Yes, starting in April, Medicare will begin mailing new Medicare cards to all people with Medicare. The new card is to help protect you from identity theft. Fraudsters are always looking for ways to get your Social Security number, so Medicare is removing Social Security numbers from all Medicare cards to make them safer.
However, Medicare will NOT begin mailing the new cards in Missouri until AFTER JUNE. That means we still have to wait awhile.
Your new card will have a new Medicare number that’s unique to you. The new card will help protect your identity and keep your personal information more secure. Your Medicare coverage and benefits stay the same.
Medicare will automatically mail your new card – at no cost – to the address you have on file with Social Security. There’s nothing you need to do! If you need to update your official mailing address, contact Social Security either online or by phone.
Beware of people contacting you about your new Medicare card and asking you for your Medicare number, personal information, or to pay a fee for your new card. NO ONE from Medicare is going to call you asking for that information.
You are going to start seeing and hearing public service announcements about the new cards. Just remember, in Missouri, we will not see any new cards until sometime AFTER JUNE.
For more information about your new Medicare card, visit go.medicare.gov/newcard.
As always, report suspected Medicare fraud to the Missouri (SMP) 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.

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February Fraud Facts

February 2018 Fraud Fact
It’s tax time, which of course brings out the scam artists. That means it’s time for a little primer from the Missouri SMP (Senior Medicare Patrol) to keep you from being a victim. Thousands of people have lost millions of dollars and personal information to scammers.
First of all, if you are going to file a tax return, do so as soon as possible to keep an imposter from doing it using your information.
Fraudsters use the telephone, email and snail mail to scam individuals.
You need to remember that the IRS will not initiate contact with you by phone, email, text messages, Facebook or Twitter to request personal or financial information.
But, scammers claim to be IRS employees using fake names and badge ID numbers. They may change their caller ID’s so that it looks like the IRS is calling. These guys may know a lot about you. They probably found the information by Googling you. They tell you that you owe money that needs to be paid either by a gift card or wire transfer. DO NOT do it. They may threaten to have you arrested. They may tell you they are going to suspend your driver’s license. They can be hostile and insulting.
They may tell you that you have a refund coming, but ONLY if you provide your banking information for a direct transfer. They often tell you the matter is urgent. Some have even gone after deaf or hard of hearing people through video relay services.
DO NOT fall for it. The IRS does NOT demand immediate payment using a prepaid debit card, gift card or wire transfer. If you were to owe taxes, you would receive a bill in the mail.
The IRS will NOT threaten to have the police or sheriff’s office arrest you for nonpayment. The IRS will NOT demand payment without giving you a chance to question or appeal. And, they won’t ask for credit, debit or Social Security numbers over the phone. If you feel like you are a victim of a scam, report it to your police department.
As always, report suspected Medicare fraud to the Missouri (SMP) 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.
This project was supported, in part by grant number 90MP0204, from the U.S. Administration for Community Living, Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, D.C. 20201.

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Happy Holidays


Home for the Holidays



As the holiday season approaches, I want to take this time to acknowledge our staff and thank them for their important contribution to this office and our community. I want to thank each and every one of our deputies and civilian staff for their hard work and encourage you to do the same when you see them.


I would also like to acknowledge our community for their tremendous support and efforts in helping to make our County a safer place to live and raise a family. We appreciate your input and assistance and are happy to know our website is so important to so many of you.


We look forward to the holiday season, and we hope you do as well. My commitment to the citizens of this County remains strong, and I will continue to work with the members of our community to improve the quality of life for each of you.


Sheriff Scott Munsterman

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To Our Veterans

We at the Johnson Sheriff’s Office are humbled by the bravery and courage of the veterans in our community and in our country. Every year when we celebrate Veterans Day on November 11th, we are reminded to thank our family, friends, community members, and especially our very own officers and staff, who have served or are serving in all branches of the military. Our veterans and their families have made many sacrifices to keep our country safe.


We strongly encourage everyone to think of our veterans and thank them when you see them. We support and honor our veterans, not just on Veterans Day, but every day of the year.


Sheriff Scott Munsterman


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October Fraud Prevention Fact



October’s Fraud Fact tells you what you need to know about new Medicare cards being issued beginning next spring. First, everyone WILL get a new Medicare card. Between April 2018 and April 2019, Medicare will remove the Social Security numbers from Medicare cards and mail each person a new card.
This change will help keep your information more secure and help protect your identity. You will get a new Medicare Number that’s unique to you, and it will only be used for your Medicare coverage.
The new card WILL NOT change your coverage or benefits. More information will come when the new card is mailed. Meanwhile, here is what you can do to get ready.
Make sure your mailing address is up to date. If your address needs to be corrected, contact Social Security at ssa.gov/myaccount or 1-800-772-1213.
BEWARE of anyone who contacts you about your new Medicare card. Medicare will NOT ask you to give out personal or private information to get your new Medicare Number and card. Medicare already has that information. DO NOT give it out.
It might take some time for you to get your card, and yours might arrive at a different time than your friend’s or neighbor’s.
As always, report suspected Medicare fraud or abuse 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


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Recent Fraud Scam


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.

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Fugitive Apprehended

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.

Drug Seizure In Johnson County

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.






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UPDATED Assault on a Law Enforcement Officer 07-17-2017



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


           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.

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