Sheriff: Phone scam that stole thousands from elderly woman traced to Griffin

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The Spalding County Sheriff’s Office has arrested one woman, 42-year-old Ruth Garcia, of Stockbridge, in connection with the alleged scamming of an elderly Baldwin County resident. Sheriff Darrell Dix was contacted by Baldwin County Sheriff Bill Massee on Feb. 3, with Massee providing information regarding the case. Massee said an elderly […]

Prisoner indicted for stealing $11 million while in prison

STAFF REPORT ::: Arthur Cofield, who is currently serving a prison sentence in the Georgia prison located in Butts County, and two other men have been indicted for conspiracy to commit bank fraud and money laundering. According to U.S. Attorney Byung J. “BJay” Pak, the charges, and other information presented in court report that Cofield, […]

Fayette woman pleads guilty to selling unregistered pesticides as COVID-19 treatment

STAFF REPORT ::: A Fayetteville woman has plead guilty in Federal Court to selling unregistered pesticides on eBay as protection against COVID-19. According to a press release issued by the Office of U.S. Attorney Byung J. “BJay” Pak, Rong Sun, who sold an unregistered pesticide as protection against viruses such as COVID-19, has pleaded guilty […]

City of Griffin out more than $800,000 in alleged fraud; FBI investigating

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The city of Griffin has lost $802,499.29 in two separate online transactions that officials say were fraudulent. Griffin Police Department Master Patrol Officer Chip Johns on Friday, June 28, responded to city offices located at 100 S. Hill St., where he met Chuck Olmstead, an official of the Finance Department. “He […]

Baby abandoned in rain behind hotel

STAFF REPORT ::: Officers of the Griffin Police Department Uniform Patrol Division recovered an infant that had been abandoned behind a local motel following an alleged attempt to pass a fraudulent check. According to a press release issued by the GPD, the incident occurred Feb. 22, and began with a report from Sky Check Cashing […]

RICO investigation results in multiple arrests; property seizures at Griffin convenience stores

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Three Griffin residents – including two local business owners – have been arrested following a Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) investigation that officials say initially involved 48 criminal charges. The large-scale Thursday morning operation included dozens of agents from the Griffin Police Department and multiple local, state and federal law enforcement […]

GPD arrests two in connection to scam targeting local businesses

STAFF REPORTS ::: The Griffin Police Department has arrested two men – Gerald Deshazor, age 29, of Hampton, and Alondzae Reeves, age 32, of Jonesboro – in connection to a fraud case targeting local businesses. The GPD in March issued a fraud alert in reference to a scam involving two individuals using a U-Haul truck […]

Griffin Power warns customers of fraud attempt

STAFF REPORTS ::: Griffin Power officials have been informed of the return of a recent fraud attempt against Griffin Power customers. In this attempt, commercial customers are called or visited by an individual claiming to be with Griffin Power. The customer is then informed that they are behind on their bill and have to pay […]

Police seek public’s assistance in identifying suspect

STAFF REPORTS ::: The Griffin Police Department is requesting assistance in identifying a person of interest in an investigation into a series of fraudulent checks being passed in the eastern and southern metro Atlanta area. These photographs are of a white male subject who may have information on a series of checks that were cashed […]

GPD arrests two on multiple felony fraud charges

STAFF REPORTS ::: The Griffin Police Department has arrested two local women after an investigation into a series of fraudulent financial card transactions. Investigator Keith Dryden, who is assigned to fraud investigations, reports that 32-year-old Jessica Lynn Shepard and 22-year-old Demi Michelle Rodgers have both been arrested and charged with a total of nine felony […]

FNB debit card fraud cases: Investigators seek help identifying subjects

STAFF REPORTS ::: The Spalding County Sheriff’s Office and the Griffin Police Department are currently investigating cases of debit card fraud affecting numerous customers of First National Bank of Griffin. Numerous reports have been made to both agencies, and investigators are currently investigating leads at locations where the debit card numbers were used. The public’s […]