The Elder Fraud Unit of the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division is noticing a new twist in the way overseas scam artists are running the “Grandparent Scam.” Whereas in recent years the scammers have claimed that they were the victim’s grandchild vacationing overseas, and that they were facing criminal charges in a country such as Peru, Mexico, Spain or England for causing in a terrible traffic accident, now some of them are claiming to be incarcerated in the local jail of the community where the grandchild actually resides. They claim that the persons they injured were foreign tourists who were travelling in a rental car here in the U.S. and that release from jail on bond will not be considered until thousands of dollars are wired to the injured foreign tourists, who have returned to their home country to recuperate. The payments usually are represented to be for medical care.
This new twist may stem from the fact that targets of the Grandparent Scam often will not believe that their grandchild has gone on an overseas trip, especially without telling them. Or, the victim might have spoken with the grandchild in question just hours or days before. Victims are more likely to believe, however, that their grandchild was just involved in a local traffic accident. One target was told recently that her grandson was in the local jail here in North Carolina. Another NC target was told that her grandson was in the local jail in his current town in New York state. In both instances the targets of the scams were told to wire $6000 to individuals in Bogota, Columbia.
The other common features of a Grandparent Scam appear to remain the same:
In the U.S., a person arrested because of an automobile accident cannot be held in jail until the other party’s medical or property damage bills are paid.Individuals or businesses who think an older adult is being targeted with this or any other type of cross-border scam should contact the Elder Fraud Unit of the Attorney General’s, telephone 1-877-5-NOSCAM, and ask to speak with one of the Telemarketing Fraud Duty Agents.
On 3-4-14 Sgt. C.L. Stone of the Aggressive Criminal Enforcement Team conducted a traffic stop on a 1996 Honda Accord on Salisbury Rd. after discovering that the vehicle's tag being displayed belonged on another vehicle. Stone spoke to the driver, Michael J. Weston, 40, of Stony Point, and advised him of the reason he had been stopped. Stone then asked for Weston's drivers license, but Weston did not have a valid license. Stone then had Weston to exit the vehicle where Stone searched him for illegal contraband. After Weston exited the vehicle Stone observed him attempting to hide a syringe. Weston was then placed under arrest. When Sgt. W.E. Line arrived to assist, the passenger, Jerry L. Lippard III, 33, of Statesville, was found to be in possession of cocaine, alprazolam, clonazepam, and xanax. A search of the vehicle was then conducted and numerous used syringes were located along with other items of drug paraphernalia and a plastic wrapper which contained what appeared to be crystal methamphetamine residue. The liquid in the syringe was sent to the sheriff's office lab for analysis. Both suspects were then transported to the Iredell County Detention Center where Weston was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, Driving While his License are Revoked, and displaying a fictitious tag. Lippard was charged with possession of cocaine, 3 counts of poss. sch. IV, and possession drug paraphernalia.
On Monday February 10, 2014 Detective Lieutenant Bill Hamby and Detective Sergeant Amy Dyson met with a woman at the Special Victims Unit to discuss possible sexual assaults occurring where her daughters were the victims.
On February 20, 2014 the children were interviewed at the Dove House Child Advocacy Center. Det. Sgt. Dyson was present and observed the interviews. Det. Sgt. Dyson was able to receive statements from witnesses in this case.
The suspect, R. Jeffrey Speaks 57, of Oak Lawn Rd. Troutman was interviewed on Monday March 3, 2014 by Det. Sgt. Dyson.
As a result of this case the suspect was charged with 16 counts of Indecent Liberties with a Child. The suspect was arrested without incident at Troutman Middle School where he is employed as a Data Controller.
Jeffrey Speaks was transported to the Iredell County Detention Center and was placed under 200,000.00 dollars secured bond.
The investigation into this matter is ongoing however at this time, there is nothing which would lead the detectives to believe any crime occurred on any school property or involving any child at Troutman Middle School.
About the Sheriff
Sheriff Redmond is aggressive in his approach to fighting crime and the war on drugs. He has established new programs that have increased the Office's ability to respond and investigate crime. "As a father of four children, I have a strong personal conviction to work energetically to attack our country's drug problem", said Sheriff Redmond. "Our children are our most precious resource."
The Iredell County Sheriff's Office is committed to providing professional law enforcement services to the citizens and visitors in Iredell County.
Sheriff Phil Redmond became Iredell County’s Sheriff in 1994 and has 36 years law enforcement experience.
First and foremost, Sheriff Redmond’s number one priority is to keep the citizens of Iredell County safe.
Sheriff Redmond is leading his office in a rapidly growing County, divided by two major Interstate Highways, I-77 and I-40. Those major highways bring people through our county daily. Some of those people transport large quantities of illegal drugs, stolen property or other contraband. The Sheriff’s “Interstate Criminal Enforcement Team” has been a powerhouse in curtailing those illegal activities, seizing large sums of money and large quantities of illegal drugs. With those seizures, Drug Interdiction Funds have been made available to further expand the work being done by Sheriff Redmond and the Sheriff’s Office. Sheriff Redmond is onboard with E.P.I.C. (El Paso Intelligence Center) which tracks drug traffickers from the borders of Mexico into the United States. Out of a 15-member board of directors, our office holds one of those positions.
Sheriff Redmond implemented the A.C.E. (Aggressive Criminal Enforcement) unit to focus on street level drug dealers and other problem areas in the county. Drug Interdiction Funding has brought about even more sophisticated technology and equipment to be used in the fight against crime throughout our county. Since Sheriff Redmond has been in office, his officers has taken more than $170 million in drugs and more than $7 million in cash from the drug dealers in, or coming through Iredell County.
As Sheriff Redmond is looking forward to the future of the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office he will continue to pursue the drug runners, dealers and users in and through Iredell County.
During Sheriff Redmond’s 16 years as Sheriff in Iredell County, many strides have been taken and many hurdles jumped to bring the Sheriff’s Office into the 21st century.
Some of the accomplishments Redmond has made as Sheriff include adding MDT (mobile data terminals), in car cameras, 800mhz radios with statewide coverage, additional (K-9 units) to the force to make it easier for officers to communicate, document and apprehend criminals for successful prosecution in our courts. Redmond has worked with County Commissioners to install a new Sheriff’s sub-station in the Iredell County Government Center South, located in Mooresville. This sub-station allows citizens of the southern end of the County to conduct business with the Sheriff’s Office, such as reporting crimes, gun permits, fingerprints for employment etc.
Many more accomplishments and plans are being made for the upcoming years.
As Iredell County continues to experience rapid growth, the Sheriff has continued to meet that growth with his vision and planning for his first-class Sheriff’s Office and specially trained employees, and continues to be on top in his field.
Sheriff Redmond has provided thousands of hours training each year for his deputies at a level never before available to the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office, and has provided technology similar to that seen in television programming, such as “C.S.I. (Crime Scene Investigation)”. Such training is a must in today’s law enforcement world. Redmond is continually seeking grant funding to house a central criminal evidence processing center where fingerprints, blood, DNA, drugs and other evidence can be processed in our county. Now the SBI lab is backlogged more than a year-and-a- half on processing evidence submitted.
Through the efforts of Sheriff Redmond, our website has been made available to the public. www.iredellsheriff.com. is the site where all types of information and links to access law updates and specifics to the laws of North Carolina are made available to the public. This site provides various topics of information on the work of the Sheriff’s Office and is available 24 hours a day.
A recap of accomplishments through Sheriff Redmond’s tenure, we should start with the stand he took against a Judge in our district that had attempted to take the word “God” out of the courtroom. Sheriff Redmond took a stand when most political figures would not. He took a stand on the beliefs in which our forefathers stood when writing the constitution for our Country.
During the last 16 years Sheriff Redmond’s office was recognized for presenting the most federal drug charges in our 31-county district, by the US attorney’s office.
He was the 2nd in the state to implement the Sex Offender Watch Program where citizens of Iredell County can go on-line and check for registered sex offenders within one mile of their residence; this service is available 24 hours a day. He also has two full-time detectives that check the status of sex offenders in the county by personally checking their current residence and keeping track of where and when they move. Sheriff Redmond has worked with NC House members and the General Assembly on making Sex Offender laws to where sex offenders that move into our State from other areas are required to register as a sex offender in our State.
During the past 8 years Sheriff Redmond sought grant monies to fund the C.O.P.s (Community Oriented Police) unit in the Brawley School, Langtree Rd areas as well as Perth Rd, Hwy 21 South sections of Iredell County where growth is overwhelming. These units are designed to provide quality service, quicker response and community-oriented deputies to their areas of the county. Due to the rapid growth in both population and traffic, Sheriff Redmond and the citizens in those areas are working together in an effort to accomplish a common goal of community safety and awareness.
In the C.O.P.s area 9 officers are assigned to bike, motorcycle and road patrol and Lake Enforcement to assure all areas are served.
Sheriff Redmond has expanded his emphasis on proactive crime prevention by expanding the G.R.E.A.T. (Gang Resistance Education and Training) program into the 6th grade in an effort to reduce gangs in Iredell County. He has also implemented programs where the S.R.O.s (School Resource Officers) are in all the High Schools, Middle schools and the Monticello Alternative School in the county. Now those schools have more resources for being in the classrooms talking to students about safety, traffic laws and general safety issues without taking away from their core curriculum. He also has K-9 officers to make random checks through the schools to curtail weapons and drugs on campus.
Sheriff Redmond has worked with the State and has been able to lease the 21 North Prison Camp for $1 per year, to alleviate the overcrowding at our current site, saving the taxpayers money on new construction.
Sheriff Redmond has implemented a disaster mobilization plan for the Sheriff’s Office, where in the event of a major disaster in the county, Deputies know where they are to report and be stationed. With our mobile command post we can maintain 911 service, as well as communication with the field officer and other agencies while maintaining quality service to the community. With other disasters such as tornadoes, floods, hurricanes and other natural disasters, Sheriff Redmond has implemented a disaster relief unit comprised of both sworn and non-sworn staff that is ready to respond with debris removal, generators and other implements to open the roads quicker and assist in recovery efforts. He has used drug seizure monies to build an airplane hangar for the Civil Air Patrol where we would have immediate access to air support for recovery efforts in the event of a disaster or emergency. All the equipment was paid for by drug-seized monies.
Sheriff Redmond has successfully implemented a special victims unit to aid in the investigation and provides needed assistance for the victim and prosecution of the offender.
Nationally 50.3% of violent crimes and 20.2% of property crimes are cleared by arrest.
Sheriff Redmond’s statistics far exceed the national average. In 2004 the Sheriff’s Office cleared 82% of the violent crimes and 35% of the property crimes, which well exceeds the national average and is competitive with surrounding agencies in the clearance of violent crimes but far exceeds their numbers in property crime clearance rates.
2009 alone I have expanded the Interstate Criminal Enforcement (ICE) unit in order to have deputies locating drug dealers and users traveling along our Interstates and Highways. I have also added 2 deputies through grant funding in an effort to work with the communities in the southern end of the county to reduce traffic issues and make our roads safer.
Sheriff Redmond used $513,000.00 of asset forfeiture monies to purchase 15 new vehicles for our Office to replace those that have excessive mileage on them. I will also use forfeiture monies to enhance our Crime Lab to process evidence quicker and put the suspects in jail in a timely manner.
Sheriff Redmond over the last year worked with other law enforcement agencies such as Statesville Police combining forces to enhance the counties fight against domestic violence, gangs and drug interdiction and make Iredell county a safer place to live. We also have mutual aid agreements with other counties in the state to follow up on Drug trafficking and other major crimes.
In 2010 Sheriff Redmond plan’s to expand the Community Policing program where a deputy will be trained and placed in each section, possibly areas where they live, to work with communities in their area in reducing crime and working on strategies to make our county safe. We currently have this program Troutman South and it has been a success.
Sheriff Redmond is now the longest consecutive term Sheriff in the History of Iredell County.
Sheriff Redmond is working to make Iredell County the safest place in which to live, work and raise a family or operate a business.County Seat: Statesville Population: 155,000+ Square Miles: 598
We are committed to making our County a safe place to live, raise a family, to be employed, to worship and to enjoy recreation.
OUR MISSION is to provide law enforcement services to the citizens of Iredell County, serving our community through crime prevention, drug enforcement, aggressive patrols and education.
The Iredell County Sheriff's Office exists to serve all people within our jurisdiction with respect, fairness and compassion. To fulfill our mission, the Iredell County Sheriff's Office is dedicated to providing a quality work environment and the development of its members through effective training, leadership and career development.
OUR PRINCIPLES are:
Phillip H. Redmond, Sheriff
Rick Dowdle, Chief Deputy, Community Policing, Lake Enforcement
Captain Clarence Harris, Narcotics/ I.C.E. / A.C.E.
Major Marty Byers, Patrol Division / Criminal Warrant Service Unit, K-9, School Resource, Civil Process, Admin
Captain Mike Phillips, Crime Scene Tech
Captain Bert Connolly, Detention / Court Bailiff’s
Major Darren Campbell, Criminal Investigations, A.C.E, I.C.E., Special Victims Unit, C.O.P.’s, Narcotics, S.E.R.T. Media relations
Captain Randy Pearson, Enforcement Training / Personnel, Special projects coordinator
Captain Julie Gibson, Domestic Violence, Juvenile crimes, Special Victims UnitCaptain Rick Eades, Detention Training & Personnel, Crime Prevention
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