Friday, May 4, 2012
From frightening phone calls to an angry elder, these are the most interesting police reports from Sussex.
Thursday, April 26 at 4:34 p.m. A woman living on the 234N6600 block of Pewaukee Road called police Thursday after getting one to many scary phone calls. The 57-year-old Sussex woman apparently has received numerous phone calls over the last few weeks demanding payments between $6,000 and $13,000 in regards to a payday loan she never took out. The person says they have all her information, including her social security number, and can recite her bank account number correctly over the phone. Police are still investigating the problem. Thursday, April 26 at 5:31 p.m. Police were called to a home on the N74W23000 block of Ridgeview Circle after a man noticed someone hit the car parked in his driveway and drove off. The family was apparently …
Saturday, March 10, 2012
Some fraud allegations were true, some were false, and some complaints will likely yield to an investigation. But there aren't enough to stop the recall from moving forward, state election official says.
The head of the agency that oversees elections in Wisconsin says there have been some instances of fraudulent signatures found on the petitions seeking to recall Republican Gov. Scott Walker from office. And with at least three outside groups going through the signatures looking for problems, Government Accountability Board Director Kevin Kennedy said his staff expects to hear even more allegations about possible fraud. While the GAB and other agencies will investigate all such complaints, it's unlikely there will be enough of them to stop the recall from moving forward, Kennedy said in a memo released Friday. "The highly polarized political atmosphere which has engendered the current recall initiatives has also generated a constant buzz …
Monday, November 28, 2011
Don't get caught up in the Cyber Monday scams. Read how to avoid the problems with tips from the Better Business Bureau.
If fighting crowds on Black Friday doesn't sound very appealing, give Cyber Monday a chance. The Monday after Thanksgiving has been dubbed the online version of the deal-snagging Black Friday, but it's all done from the comfort of your couch. The National Retail Federation says seven in 10 retailers expect sales to grow at least 15 percent during the holidays, and an average shopper plans to do 36 percent of his or her purchases online. That's up from 33 percent last year. That's why the Wisconsin Better Business Bureau came up with a list of tips and scams to look out for when perusing today's unbelievable online deals. Shop on trustworthy websites. Check a seller's reputation and record for customer satisfaction at bbb.org. Look for …
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
Here's a look at last week's most interesting police reports in Sussex.
Fraud Tuesday, Nov. 1 at 5:22 p.m. A 35-year-old Sussex woman called police saying she was the target of identity theft. The woman became suspicious after she was contacted by an out-of-state car dealership saying she was pre-approved for a car loan she requested. The woman said she never had contact with this dealership and made arrangements to stop the process with her bank. Burglary Wednesday, Nov. 2 at 10:13 a.m. A man called police to his home on the N6500 block of Laurel Court after realizing multiple things, including a gun, were stolen from his garage. The 66-year-old Sussex man left his home at 3 p.m., and when he returned saw that his gold-chain bracelet was missing from the garage. After further inspection, he realized it wasn’…
Thursday, September 8, 2011
BBB says not all charities are legitimate, so be careful as 9/11 anniversary approaches.
Thursday, September 8, 2011
The anniversary of the terroroist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, is quickly approaching, envoking painful memories and for some, the urge to give back. But the Better Business Bureau wants to remind donors to keep a watchful eye out as scammers may try to take advantage of those willing to help out. In a press release issued Thursday, the BBB took a look at a recent Associated Press investigation which found that many 9/11 charities “failed miserably” in serving victims, their families and their memories, while continuing to collect donations. This past week, the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs warned that a scammer was calling residents in Northeast Wisconsin fraudulently soliciting donations for a veterans’ clinic in Green Bay. More…
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Man is being held in numerous frauds pulled on chain store employees throughout the metro area.
- POLICE & FIRE
- Jim Price
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
A man accused of pulling numerous scams on area chain store outlets is in police custody, according to the Milwaukee County District Attorney's Office. Patch is not identifying the suspect because his case is still under review and no charges have yet been filed in this case. But Wauwatosa police and sources at the district attorney's office confirmed that the man in custody is suspected in a long string of cons. In January, reports began to come in to area police departments of a man preying on chain stores. Usually identifying himself on the phone as "Mark Stein" or sometimes "Mike Stern" and claiming to be a corporate officer, he would tell a clerk or manager that he was trying to resolve a claim against the company. Although his story …
Friday, June 24, 2011
Republican Alberta Darling and Attorney General JB Van Hollen say new Justice Department unit could recover $6 to $7 for every $1 spent.
State Sen. Alberta Darling (R-River Hills) announced Friday she is introducing legislation to create a new public assistance fraud unit within the state Department of Justice. Darling, who was joined by Attorney General JB Van Hollen at her district office in Menomonee Falls in making the announcement, said the unit is being proposed because she wants to get rid of public assistance fraud in Wisconsin. “What’s most important is that we’re going to prosecute fraud and we’re going to increase the penalties to a felony,” Darling said. “It’s going to be both providers and beneficiaries that we’ll target.” Darling said she wanted to create the program in order to root out fraud after a stories done by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel in the past …