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Police Impostor Fools Restaurant Managers

Like "Cheers" Jessica Lauritsen works at the kind of place where everyone knows your name and now that worries her.

“Somebody scammed us out of money and they used my name,” Lauritsen says.

Late last week a manager at Charlie’s On the Lake in Omaha received a phone call. “It sounded completely real. He sounded like an Omaha police officer,” says Brett Goings.

But it was an impostor who said Jessica had been arrested and needed bail money or she would sit in jail for a month.

“That probably should have been a red flag but he knew so much. He knew who I was, he knew who our kitchen manager was, who Jessica was and how long she had worked here,” says Goings.

Kitchen manager Andrew Vondra also talked to the impostor on the phone. “I believed he was a police officer and that he was holding Jessica and we were contacted to help her so that’s what we did.”

The restaurant owner provided nearly $1,500 for the bail sent via money gram to someone identified as a bail bondsman.

Jessica had been out of town and when she returned to work she was shocked to hear of the claim. None of the story told to the managers was true.

“It’s scary that somebody knows that much information about me and knows my work would go that that length to do something for me.”

The Douglas County Sheriff is investigating but money wired is hard to retrieve and suspects not easily identified.

Sheriff’s Captain Steve Glandt said that if someone claiming to be officer calls and demands bail money be wired, don’t do it. He said that’s not how the legal system works.


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