Justin Godfrey sentenced to 5 years for robbery

Date: 
10/26/2015

Justin Lee Godfrey, age 24, resident of Leavenworth KS, was sentenced to prison for his involvement in an armed robbery of a local Subway Restaurant on November 2, 2014.  Godfrey robbed the Subway Restaurant with others.  In an investigation by the Leavenworth Police Department, they were able to identify Mr. Godfrey.  When he was apprehended, Godfrey confessed to the robbery.  At sentencing, the court gave him a sentencing of 61 months.  

IRS Scam

Date: 
09/24/2015

We’ve been receiving reports that citizens in our community are receiving phone calls from people reporting to be an IRS agent.  They tell people that there is a lawsuit filed against them and/or an arrest warrant for arrest.  They provide them a number to call back or ask you to pay money to get out of this law suit or an arrest warrant.   Note this is a scam.   The IRS website states that taxpayers should know the IRS:

  • Never asks for credit card, debit card or prepaid card information over the telephone.
  • Never insists that taxpayers use a specific payment method to pay tax obligations
  • Never requests immediate payment over the telephone and will not take enforcement action immediately following a phone conversation. Taxpayers usually receive prior notification of IRS enforcement action involving IRS tax liens or levies. 

Potential phone scam victims may be told that they owe money that must be paid immediately to the IRS or they are entitled to big refunds. When unsuccessful the first time, sometimes phone scammers call back trying a new strategy.

Other characteristics of these scams include:

  • Scammers use fake names and IRS badge numbers. They generally use common names and surnames to identify themselves.
  • Scammers may be able to recite the last four digits of a victim’s Social Security number.
  • Scammers spoof the IRS toll-free number on caller ID to make it appear that it’s the IRS calling.
  • Scammers sometimes send bogus IRS emails to some victims to support their bogus calls.
  • Victims hear background noise of other calls being conducted to mimic a call site.
  • After threatening victims with jail time or driver’s license revocation, scammers hang up and others soon call back pretending to be from the local police or DMV, and the caller ID supports their claim.

If you get a phone call from someone claiming to be from the IRS, here’s what you should do:

  • If you know you owe taxes or you think you might owe taxes, call the IRS at 1.800.829.1040. The IRS employees at that line can help you with a payment issue, if there really is such an issue.
  • If you know you don’t owe taxes or have no reason to think that you owe any taxes (for example, you’ve never received a bill or the caller made some bogus threats as described above), then call and report the incident to TIGTA at 1.800.366.4484.
  • You can file a complaint using the FTC Complaint Assistant; choose “Other” and then “Imposter Scams.” If the complaint involves someone impersonating the IRS, include the words “IRS Telephone Scam” in the notes.

To learn more visit: http://www.irs.gov/uac/Newsroom/IRS-Repeats-Warning-about-Phone-Scams

Leavenworth Sheriff's Office Citizen's Academy

Date: 
09/15/2015

Leavenworth Sheriff's Office provides a Citizen's Academy, which members of the community can participate in a ten week class to learn more about their office and the county. Two of our office members joined this group participated, Kathy Graves and Janet Sullins. For more information go to lvsheriff.org

Suspended driver gets sentenced to a year in jail

Date: 
09/03/2015

Timothy Wright, a resident of Leavenworth,  was convicted by a jury of driving while suspended.  In March 2015, detectives working for the Leavenworth County Sheriff's Office were conducting surveillance due to reported crimes in the area.  They saw Timothy Wright driving a truck, even though Wright's driver's license has been suspended since 1992. Judge Asher sentenced Wright to the maximum sentence of one year in jail consecutive to Wright's other cases.