Chatham Co. law enforcement main clears air immediately after documented magazine advert rip-off

CHATHAM COUNTY, Ga. (WSAV) – Chatham County’s police chief is clearing the air bordering a recent fraud notify.

Before this week, the Chatham County Police Division (CCPD) encouraged the general public of a man providing $2,500 journal adverts to aid elevate income for drug prevention systems.

Officers afterwards identified a person of curiosity considered to be selling the ads as 23-year-previous Lucas Williams. He evidently claimed to be a consultant of Chatham County Police Main Jeff Hadley.

“The Chatham County Police Division desires to make it distinct that this is a fraud, and that the particular person is in no way a agent of CCPD or Chief Jeff Hadley,” the division mentioned Wednesday.

Lucas Williams (by way of CCPD)

Thursday, Hadley released a statement stating CCPD experienced been earlier approached in mid-June about an anti-drug use publication but by no means fulfilled with the company to talk about getting in touch with prospective sponsors.

“It was only this early morning, soon after we commenced obtaining copies from citizens of the documents delivered to them by reps of the enterprise, that we understood what experienced took place,” the main mentioned.

Hadley reported CCPD has given that been in get hold of with the company and requested them to cease any gross sales reps from performing on behalf of the department, to which they agreed.

“I hope the oversight I built will provide as a reminder to each and every one of our citizens,” the chief stated. “Be vigilant, and by no means signal anything at all without a comprehensive being familiar with of every single element.”

When questioned about Williams, a representative instructed WSAV CCPD would nevertheless like to converse with him to assure any cash offered to him for the advertisements is returned to organization house owners.

Under, study Hadley’s total assertion.

The Chatham County Law enforcement Section (CCPD) has identified the organization whose workers have approached quite a few companies in the area asking for marketing profits on behalf of the division.

The corporation, who we are not naming at this time, built get hold of with 1 of our workforce in mid-June. The corporation said in an electronic mail that it was working on an anti-drug use publication that we could distribute to group associates, but would not need the use of any CCPD money. The electronic mail also said, “In buy to thoroughly characterize your company, we check with that you satisfy with your (business identify) representative just before any probable sponsors are contacted. At this meeting, you can talk about with your (company title) consultant any unique desires your community might have. We also inquire that you present your (company title) agent with an introduction letter from your company to use when making contact with probable sponsors.”

Our worker was advised that after the introduction letter was signed by me, a meeting among the firm and CCPD could get area. This is where I made an error.

I signed the letter, and returned it to the personnel to be despatched to the company. It was our comprehending, based on composed communications with the organization, that a conference would acquire place before any group contact or engagement occurred. No this sort of assembly at any time took area, or was confirmed.

I’m confident that if we experienced attained a much better knowing that area enterprises would be questioned to shell out for an ad in this publication that we would have made a decision not to shift forward with the challenge. Nonetheless, the business experienced a letter with my signature and used that letter to solicit income from lots of of our place businesses eager to guidance our regulation enforcement local community.

When a anxious local community member contacted our division late Tuesday afternoon, we went to fantastic lengths to check out to establish no matter if any one experienced been licensed to solicit profits on behalf of CCPD. Understanding we experienced not authorized any gross sales on our behalf, we alerted the general public. It was only this morning, right after we commenced obtaining copies from citizens of the files delivered to them by representatives of the organization, that we understood what had happened.

In minutes, we known as the publishing firm consultant and asked them to prevent any gross sales associates purporting to be acting on behalf of the Chatham County Police Department. The agent agreed.

As I stated to various media retailers yesterday, CCPD does not contract out third-party distributors to solicit on behalf of our department. Though some regulation enforcement agencies may perhaps locate this valuable, it does not align with the community-oriented mission of the Chatham County Police Section. We have not, and will not, authorize this sort of exercise. 

I want to make it crystal clear that this publication is not going to print with the endorsement of the Chatham County Police Office. If you produced payment to this organization, you should call our Felony Investigation Division workplace at 912-651-4701. We have asked the corporation to return all monies collected as a portion of this project, and have made it clear that they are not licensed to use the Chatham County Law enforcement Department’s name or emblem in any publications.

The trust of our citizens is the most worthwhile asset we have at the Chatham County Police Office. I hope the miscalculation I designed will serve as a reminder to each individual one of our citizens. Be vigilant, and hardly ever signal just about anything without having a finish comprehension of each individual depth.

I apologize for the problem and inconvenience that this induced any one in our group. I operate tricky each day to make your have faith in, and will perform even more durable as we transfer forward.

Within minutes, we termed the publishing corporation agent and questioned them to stop any gross sales reps purporting to be performing on behalf of the Chatham County Law enforcement Section. The agent agreed.