Sheriff warns residents of individuals impersonating law enforcement
UPDATE: Authorities said Friday that the vehicle in the photo above has been located. Law enforcement determined that the vehicle was not involved in any illegal activity.
ASCENSION PARISH- The Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office is warning residents about another type of scam being perpetrated where individuals are impersonating law enforcement officers.
The sheriff's office said people are impersonating officers by wearing makeshift uniforms and driving a makeshift marked law enforcement vehicle to target individuals to scam them out of money.
In one incident in Ascension, two individuals dressed in what look like law enforcement uniforms and driving an old discarded former law enforcement vehicle approached an individual at his home and used an IRS tax debt accusation to coerce the victim to pay.
The vehicle was reportedly occupied by two men dressed in uniform with badges. The vehicle is described as an older model Dodge Charger with law enforcement markings, dark tinted windows and a spotlight.
Authorities say if there is an encounter with any law enforcement officer in Ascension Parish and there is any question about authenticity, residents should call 911 and report it so the office can confirm the identity of the deputy.