AC Sheriff warns of scam calls

Anderson County Sheriff Russell Barker wants citizens to be aware of another telephone scam. Barker says that someone is calling individuals from a phone number that shows up on caller ID as that of ACSO Sergeant James Crowley, and telling the recipient that there is a warrant for their arrest and that the only way they can avoid being handcuffed and hauled off to jail is to make a payment over the phone.

Barker says that, while there is in fact, a Sergeant James Crowley on staff, these calls are a scam. As he and other law enforcement officials have emphatically stated in the past, there is no sheriff’s office, police department, or court in the United States that will make calls like this alerting anyone about an outstanding warrant and demanding money to satisfy the charges.

If you receive one of these, or any type of potential scam, never give out personal or financial information over the telephone, hang up immediately and call the ACSO’s non-emergency number at 865-457-2414.

About Brad Jones

Brad is the Owner/Operator of BBB TV 12, and has been with the company since August of 1996. Brad is a 1987 graduate of Coalfield High School and a 1995 graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Communications. He won the 1995 broadcast production student of the year award. Brad worked at Shop at Home, Inc. a home shopping network that was located in Knoxville, TN from 1993 - 1995 and then at Via TV (RSTV, Inc.) from 1995 - 1996. After some freelance work in Nashville, Brad joined the BBB Communications staff in August of 1996. A short stint at WVLT TV as a news photographer was in 2001, but he continued to work at BBB TV as well. Brad is married to Nicole Jenkins Jones, a 1990 graduate of Oak Ridge High School, who works at Oak Ridge Gastroenterology and Associates in Oak Ridge. They have 3 kids, Trevor Bogard, 27, Chandler 22, and Naomi 13. On December 12, 2013 they welcomed their first grandchild, Carter Ryan Bogard. Brad is also the assistant boys basketball coach at Coalfield High School for the past 11 years. In 2013-14 the Yellow Jackets won their first district title since 1991 and just the 4th in school history.

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