The Cadiz Police Department is investigating a scam involving a secret shopper scenario.
According to police, victims were instructed by mail to deposit a counterfeit check worth up to $2,000 into their personal bank accounts and then required to send back $1,500 through a Western Union money order.
In a recent case, police say a victim made a $57 purchase as part of the secret shopper program as instructed and was responsible for that purchase and were out $1,500.
The company letterhead reportedly included phone numbers with a 502 area code, but the postmark on the letter was from Spain.
The Cadiz Police Department reminds citizens to always check the postmark of all mail, and if it asks for money to be sent back to them, to report it to the police.
If you would like to verify the validity of any mail offcer that involves money, contact the Cadiz Police Department at (270) 522-8369.
A Christian County Attorney was recognized for his distinguished and dedicated service as a public official and his leadership to the Kentucky County Attorneys Association.
Mike Foster received this award recently at the annual meeting of KCAA, which was held at the Downtown Hilton Hotel located in Lexington.
According to Mason County Attorney and KCAA President John Estill, Foster sets the example for what it truly means to be a county prosecutor.
Estill added Foster is a person who serves his community every day, working to make our neighborhoods, schools, highways, a better and safer place to live.
Kentucky House Speaker Greg Stumbo has filed legislation to reportedly target fraud across state government.
According to Speaker Stumbo, his False Claims Act will help root out fraud and reduce the state’s deficit and would give whistleblowers financial incentives to come forward if state tax dollars are being mishandled.
Under the Speaker’s bill, individuals who are found guilty would be responsible to pay back up to three times the amount they had fraudulently billed the state and whistleblowers may be eligible to receive 15 to 30 percent of the recovered monies as a reward for their service.
Since 1986, more than $25 billion has reportedly been recovered by similar False Claims Acts.
A Christian County woman was arrested yesterday for allegedly stealing several hundred dollars from a night deposit box at a Clarksville bank.
The investigation began late last month as a possible case of embezzlement, according to a news release, which says an employee of a Clarksville business on Fort Campbell Boulevard dropped off a bag containing money and a deposit slip at the bank, but the bag was found to have two cuts on it where someone had tampered with it.
Surveillance footage would later prove that it was not embezzlement, as another customer drove up to the box soon after and allegedly used her deposit slip to hide the bag in question while she apparently removed over 600 dollars cash.
Arrested Monday was 29-year old Laurie Lynn Arbaugh of 4919 Boddie Rd, Herndon. She is charged with felony theft and lodged in the Montgomery County Jail.
Christian County Fiscal Court was presented with some good news this morning regarding the animal shelter.
Christian County Animal Shelter director Irene Grace presented her monthly report and said 175 animals found homes in January, which could be a record.
Ms. Grace says the shelter’s Facebook page that features available cats and dogs and lost strays has been a great help, in addition to the petfinder.com page.
Several citizens and a few local businesses have also helped the shelter thrive in recent weeks, with the director saying bedding, food and other items have been dropped off in addition to financial gifts.
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In other action, court approved spending $19,000 collected from phone bill taxes to purchase emergency dispatch equipment for local volunteer fire departments.