We have another update on the situation reported by the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office in regards to a man claiming to be a Lt. Jeff Johnson. The Sheriff’s Office previously stated in a release received on Wednesday, “One woman received a call from the man who identified himself as Lt. Johnson, saying her daughter did not show up for jury duty.” The release went on to suggest the man told the woman she needed to pay him $120 or else her daughter would be arrested.
We later learned on Wednesday evening that another woman in Murfreesboro fell for the same scam when he called her. The man said his name was Lt. Jeff Johnson and that she missed jury duty earlier this month and needed to pay $130 with a Money Pak card. The report WGNS obtained stated the subject went on to say, “She would have to contact a county magistrate at the County Clerks’s office to appear before Judge Ash to contest the warrant.” Of course Judge Ash is no longer a local judge, he is now a Senior Judge for the state of Tennessee. Nevertheless, the 24-year old victim bought a Money Pak card and loaded $130-onto it. She then called the subject back and gave him the card number.
Rutherford County Sheriff Robert Arnold confirmed the Sheriff's Office does not employ anyone named Lt. Johnson and that if you receive such a call, hang up and write down the number that was used to call your phone.
The case is now being investigated in both the city and the county.
Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office
Murfreesboro Police Report #14-1408