Putnam County District Attorney Robert Tendy and Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith are warning area residents to be on guard against an IRS tax collection scam that has bilked victims throughout the nation. In recent days, several Putnam County residents have reported that they have received bogus calls from con artists identifying themselves as IRS officials and demanding payments of money for taxes. Many of those targeted by the thieves are senior citizens.
In the scam, imposters pretending to be from the IRS or another agency telephone people and claim they owe taxes. The callers typically say that the persons must pay immediately or else face the loss of their driver’s license or business license, face deportation or go to jail.
Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith reports that three inmates in the Putnam County Correctional Facility have been charged with drug possession and promoting prison contraband after heroin and other controlled substances were found in their cells last week.
Inmates Ceferino Garcia, 36, Daremus Reynolds, 35, and Frank Pasqua, Jr., 36, were charged after authorities conducted a large-scale search of the jail on March 28th. The search occurred after correction officers developed suspicions that an inmate was smuggling drugs into the jail.