Community Notices

Sheriff’s office says ‘Sgt. Johnson’ calls are bogus

Allegan County Central Dispatch and the Allegan County Sheriff’s Office has received multiple calls in the past week from residents indicating they had spoken with a bogus “Sergeant Johnson” from the Allegan County Sheriff’s Office.

The fraudulent caller has told them that they had “signed a certified letter” indicating that they would submit to a “secondary DNA sample per new federal mandates” and have not complied.  The fraudulent caller has instructed the individuals they have an active warrant for their arrest and that they need to provide payment to him to satisfy the requirements of the warrant, either through money order or by gift cards.

The fraudulent caller has then instructed the individuals to “turn themselves in” at the Allegan County Jail after payment has been received. 

The fraudulent caller primarily has focused on individuals on the Sex Offender Registry in Ottawa County.

Allegan County Sheriff’s officers remind everyone that they do not accept any form of payment for warrants over the phone and do not inform anyone of active warrants over the phone unless it has been prearranged during an active investigation.

To get more information if you have received a similar call, please contact your local law enforcement agency or the Allegan County Sheriff’s Office at: (269) 673-0500

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