Social Security Scam

Notice received today (5/19/20) from member, Richard Poe.

I have received four calls today from telephone number 358-952-2045 from a female claiming to be from social security advising me that my social security number has been suspended and to press one on my phone.   

On the last call I did press one and when a male voice came on I told him ‘I am Det. Poe of the economic crimes unit and need to meet with him as I believed this to be a scam.’   

He immediately hung up. 

We should let our community know our area is being targeted with this scam!

Sheriff's Briefing Notes


From: Terry, Michael
Sent: Thursday, March 19, 2020 2:28 PM

Subject: Sheriff’s Briefing Notes

Information contained in this report is from the previous 24 hours (Tuesday – Friday) or previous weekend (Monday).Please note – Due to Marsy’s Law, specific information will no longer be provided on incidents that are classified as crimes. Marsy’s Law prohibits law enforcement from releasing any information that could identify the victim of any crime (name, address, sex, age, or any other information).


• Deputies responded to:
o Agency Assist (Arson) – District 1/Zone 1 – A caller reported seeing a vehicle engulfed in flames on vacant property located in the area of Labrador Duck Road and Mississippi Kite Avenue in Brooksville. Deputies determined the vehicle on fire had previously been reported stolen out of District 2. The Fire Marshal responded and determined the fire was started intentionally – Investigation active – 2020-08968.

o Commercial Burglary – District 2/Zone 6 – The owner of a business located on Spring Hill Drive reported that an unknown individual(s) forced entry into the business when it was closed – Investigation active – 2020-08975.

o Vehicle Burglaries – District 2/Zone 3 – Deputies working a found property call learned the property found was from a vehicle burglary. Deputies located several other unlocked vehicles in the area that had been burglarized – Investigation active – 2020-08992, 2020-08984, 2020-08988, 2020-08974 and 2020-09009.

o Missing Juveniles – District 2/Zone 3 – A guardian called to report a 12-year-old child had left home without permission and had yet to return home – Investigation active – 2020-09046.

o Narcotics Investigation – District 1/Zone 8 – Deputies made contact with a driver in the parking lot of a local business in Brooksville. The driver attempted to conceal a lock box under his seat. Deputies located 30.5 grams of methamphetamine, wax marijuana, numerous baggies, two scales, a glass pipe and a syringe. The also located a loaded firearm. The driver was charged with Trafficking Methamphetamine/Possession of a Firearm in Commission of a Felony/Felon in Possession of a Firearm and Ammunition/Possession of a Controlled Substance – Arrest/Male – 2020-09096.

• Schools
o No School – Spring Break.
• Miscellaneous:o N/A
JUDICIAL SERVICES • Total # of inmates housed in the Hernando County Detention Center – 649o Number of Federal Inmates (included in total) – 107

o Number of Pasco County Inmates (included in total) — 80
o Number of inmates housed in Medical Unit (included in total) – 12
o Number of Juvenile Inmates – 0o Active Hospital Posts – 0

• Number of inmates transported to COURT:
o First Appearance (no transport required) – 10
o County Misdemeanor Court – 0
o Circuit Felony Court — 0
o Drug/Mental Health/Veterans Court – 0.

• Booking Data (previous 24 hours or previous weekend):
o Number of inmates Booked In – 13
o Number of inmates Booked Out (Released) – 11

Monday, March 16, 2020 4:55 PM

Information contained in this report is from the previous 24 hours (Tuesday – Friday) or previous weekend (Monday).

Please note – Due to Marsy’s Law, specific information will no longer be provided on incidents that are classified as crimes. Marsy’s Law prohibits law enforcement from releasing any information that could identify the victim of any crime (name, address, sex, age, or any other information).


• Deputies responded to:

o Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon/Trespass after Warning – District 1/Zone 9 – Two teens, who each recently received a trespass warning, showed up at an apartment complex in Brooksville to confront two other juveniles living in the complex. During the encounter one of the teens who does not live at the apartment complex brandished a handgun and pointed at the juveniles and a woman. As the woman called 911 the suspects fled the area on foot. The suspects were located by deputies at Russell Street Park. Deputies located a backpack in proximity to the suspects that contained a firearm – Arrest/Male x 2 – 2020-08506.

o DUI Crash – District 1/Zone 7 – A deputy was investigating a crash between two vehicles near the intersection of Treiman Boulevard and Richardson Road in Ridge Manor when the deputy’s parked patrol vehicle was struck by another vehicle. No one was injured. The driver who struck the deputy’s cruiser was arrested for driving under the influence – Arrest/Male – 2020-08507.

o Aggravated Assault LEO/Narcotic Investigation – District 2/Zone 1 – Deputies responded to the Microtel in Spring Hill in reference to a verbal disturbance in the parking lot. The deputy attempted to question a woman who was involved in the disturbance. The woman got into her vehicle and drove away, forcing the deputy to jump out of the way. Deputies located the suspect a short time later in the parking lot of a nearby liquor store. The woman was detained and found to be in possession of 9.5 grams of Alprazolam and 7.1 grams of marijuana – Arrest/Female – 2020-08513.

o Residential Burglary/Criminal Mischief – District 2/Zone 3 – Unknown individuals broke into a homeowner’s residence on Naomi Drive in Spring Hill and stole various electronics – Active investigation – 2020-08523.

o Burglary/Vessel Burglary – District 2/Zone 1 – A homeowner reported that a shed and a boat on his property had been burglarized. Various tools and a marine battery were taken – Active investigation – 2020-08541.

o Battery x 2/Criminal Mischief – District 2/Zone 3 – During a party, the female suspect began arguing with the female host/victim. The suspect tackled the victim during the argument. A man who attempted to break up the fight was also battered by the suspect. The suspect fled prior to law enforcement arrival – Active investigation – 2020-08632.

o Residential Burglary – District 2/Zone 3 – A homeowner in Spring Hill reported that an unknown individual(s) stole a mini bike from his property – Active investigation – 2020-08636.

o Occupied Residential Burglary – District 2/Zone 3 – A homeowner reported that two juveniles attempted to gain entry into her home through a window. The suspects were apprehended a short time later – Arrest/Juvenile x 2 – 2020-08691.

o Traffic Stop – District 1/Zone 7 – A deputy conducted a traffic stop on Treiman Boulevard in Ridge Manor. During a search of the vehicle the deputy found in the driver’s possession 14.8 grams of liquid methamphetamine, 63 grams of marijuana, and a firearm. The suspect is a convicted felon – Arrest/Male – 2020-08723.

o Driving while License is Suspended or Revoked/Violation of Probation – District 1/Zone 7 – A deputy conducted a traffic stop on Cortez Boulevard, near Braewood Street in Brooksville. The driver had a suspended license. The deputy also learned the suspect was on probation for Possession of Cocaine out of Broward County – Arrest/Male – 2020-08711.



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Media Release From: Denise M. Moloney Community/Media Relations Manager, 352-797-3609 Re: Local Bank Employee Detects Fraudulent Bank Account Date: November 25, 2019

On 11-01-19, the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office Economic Crimes Unit received information from an astute Brannen Bank employee that a male suspect, later identified as William Brown Jr. DOB/ 4/25/1979, had opened a fraudulent bank account with Brannen Bank. The suspect used a counterfeit driver’s license with his picture and the personal identification information of an unknowing victim. This suspect had deposited $5000 via direct deposit into the newly created account. While investigating this direct deposit, it was discovered that the deposit originated from a loan obtained from another local lending institution in the amount of $8,000. The loan was obtained by using the same victim’s information as was on the Brannen Bank account. After making contact with the original lender, an employee of this financial institution described a similar suspicious loan application in the amount of $5,000 from another male, later identified as Leroy Stevenson DOB/ 9/29/1977. The lending institution believed that the loan application was fraudulent, involving another unknowing victim’s personal identification information. This employee alerted detectives that this applicant would be arriving momentarily with what appeared to be a counterfeit driver’s license. As detectives waited, Brown arrived driving a 2017 Lincoln sedan with passenger Stevenson. Brown dropped Stevenson off at the lending institution, while Brown parked across the parking lot to wait. Detectives simultaneously took Brown and Stevenson into custody, along with the Lincoln sedan. Brown and Stevenson were each subsequently arrested for Organized Fraud, Criminal Use of Personal Identification Information and Grand Theft. It was discovered during interviews that the suspects had purchased the counterfeit driver’s licenses and personal identification information on the Dark Web. On 11-20-19, a search warrant was conducted on the Lincoln sedan, at which time additional personal identification information from additional victims was located within the interior of the vehicle. Among the contraband was 10 additional counterfeit driver licenses with the suspect’s photos and victim’s personal information. Additional charges are pending.

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