Scammer posing as NE Kansas sheriff’s employee

OLATHE, Kansas (AP) – Authorities in a northeast Kansas county are cautioning residents not to be fooled by a scammer posing as a sheriff’s employee demanding money.

Investigators say someone has been making calls from what appears to be a non-emergency dispatch number of the Johnson County Sheriff’s Department. The caller claims to work for the sheriff’s department and tells potential victims they’ll be arrested on a warrant unless they pay him some money immediately.

Master Deputy Tom Erickson says the sheriff’s procedure for contacting people facing warrants does not include a demand for immediate payment of a bond.

Johnson County is the largest of Kansas’ 105 counties, with an estimated 560,000 residents. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, racial slurs or consistent name calling will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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