IRS and Publisher's Clearinghouse SCAM Alert

Date: 
03/17/2017

We have been getting more calls regarding scams from IRS and Publishers Clearing House.

 

IRS:  They leave a message stating they are the IRS and that they owe money and if they don’t receive a payment a warrant will go out for their arrest. They leave a number for them to return the call.  They have rec’d more than one call from them. 

 

IRS will not notify people this way.  Here are tips from the IRS:

 

https://www.irs.gov/uac/irs-urges-public-to-stay-alert-for-scam-phone-calls

 

Todd Thompson says, “The IRS will never call on money being owed or tell you about a warrant.   Please report these issues to the “IRS Impersonation Scam Reporting” web page. You can also call 800-366-4484.

 

Publisher’s Clearing House:  They are told they have won some money but before they can collect it they need to go to Walmart and send them $200.

They did not get any more details because they did not call them back. 

He was upset that these people can continue to call with these scams.

 

Todd Thompson said, “Publisher’s Clearing House will not ask you to submit a payment.  You must have entered the clearing house sweepstakes.  If you can’t recall if you have, you can call this toll free number: Call 1-877-3SWEEPS (1-877-379-3377) Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. to check if you've really won.  If not, please report this information to law enforcement.”

 

The County Attorney’s office is not responsible for investigations in this matter.

Jamahal Fountain sentenced to eight years for attemped second degree murder

Date: 
03/02/2017

Jamahal Fountain, 23 years old from Lansing, was sentenced to 98 months in the Kansas Department of Corrections from an August plea in Leavenworth County District Court.  He will serve 36 months of post release supervision upon completion of his sentence. 

 

Fountain was sentenced to 50 months in prison for attempted murder in the second degree, 41 months in prison for aggravated battery, 7 months in prison for felon in possession of a firearm, and 12 months in prison for criminal discharge of a firearm at an occupied dwelling.  The first three sentences were ordered to run consecutive, and the fourth count was ordered to run concurrent with counts 1-3.  Fountain must also register as a violent offender for 15 years upon completion of his sentence.  Christopher Scott, for the State, asked to have all four counts run consecutive.   The plea was only agreed upon due to the victims decision.   The sentence is based on the Kansas Sentencing Guidelines, which the legislature enacted to determine the sentence based on the defendant’s criminal history and type of crime they committed. 

 

On September 11, 2015 officers with the Leavenworth Police Department were dispatched to the 600 block of N. 5th Street in the city of Leavenworth because of shots fired.  Upon arrival they found two individuals with gunshot wounds.  Witnesses stated Fountain was at a residence in the area, but was asked to leave.  An argument took place outside the residence to which Fountain discharged a firearm at multiple individuals, and wounding two of them.  Fountain was prohibited from carrying a firearm at the time due to a prior conviction

Justina Thompson sentenced to 120 days of jail for car burglaries

Date: 
02/10/2017

Justina E. Thompson, 21, of Leavenworth, KS, was sentenced today on three counts of vehicular Burglary, severity level 9 non-person felonies. The Court sentenced her to probation for 12 months with an underlying sentence of 17 months in Kansas Department of Corrections custody. Ms. Thompson was also ordered to serve 120 days of shock time unless an appropriate drug treatment plan is put into place.  The sentencing guidelines allow for a reduction of sentence on convictions if the burglaries are thought to be related to drug abuse.  The defense argued for a reduction of sentence due to Ms. Thompson's drug dependency.  


 

On August 16, 2016, Ms. Thompson knowingly entered into a vehicle in Leavenworth County and took multiple items without permission.  The owner of the vehicle witnessed the crime and contacted police who responded to the incident.  Ms. Thompson was found to be in possession of items that she had removed from the vehicle.  


 

On October 29, 2016, Ms. Thompson knowingly entered into two vehicles in Leavenworth.  Officers responded to the area and witnessed Ms. Thompson nearby carrying items that she had removed from each vehicle.

Charles Sample sentenced to 28 months

Date: 
01/27/2017

Charles Sample, 45 years old from Tonganoxie, was sentenced to 28 months in prison for a drug offense stemming from contact with law enforcement on September 24, 2016.  Sample will serve 12 months of post release supervision upon completion of his sentence.

An officer with the Tonganoxie Police Department observed Sample in the parking lot of O’Reilly’s Auto Parts in Tonganoxie, and knew Sample had active warrants for his arrest.  The officer approached Sample, explained to him that he had warrants for his arrest, and ultimately placed him in custody.  The officer located a baggie of methamphetamine in Sample’s pocket.

Inmate sentenced to additonal 10 years for escape

Date: 
12/14/2016

Scott Gilbert, 53 year old inmate found guilty today of aggravated escape from custody from Lansing Correctional Facility on May 10, 2013.   Evidence was proffered to the court from the preliminary hearing held in March 11, 2016.   Defendant was pro se (or was his own counsel) and waived having a jury trial and did not contest the evidence.   The Court found him guilty of an aggravated escaping custody.  Set sentencing date for December 19.  Prior to the bench trial, Gilbert was denied his motion to dismiss based on the Interstate Agreement Detainers Act (an act in which a person in custody can request a trial or hearing within 180 days if they are in the custody of another jurisdiction).

 

Gilbert was previously convicted and sentenced to 128 years in Missouri for crimes relating to this escape.   Gilbert was sentenced to 128 years on 10 felonies including firing at a law enforcement officer and resisting arrest in January of 2015 in Platte County court.   A jury there convicted him after a two week trial.