Sheriff’s office warns of officer impersonation scam

The Johnson County sheriff is warning residents about a scam that involves someone impersonating a police officer and threatening arrest.

The Johnson County 911 Center received at least four phone calls Friday from residents reporting that someone claiming to be a deputy with the sheriff’s office was calling and telling them they needed to pay money to avoid a warrant being issued, Sheriff Doug Cox said.

The person used the name Deputy Harper, and the phone number appears to be a local number, he said.

The sheriff’s office will never call to discuss a warrant and will never ask for money to avoid jail, Cox said.

Cox is advising residents to not answer the phone when unfamiliar numbers call, and to hang up immediately if you receive a similar call.

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Magen Kritsch is an editorial assistant at the Daily Journal. She can be reached at or 317-736-2770.