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Deputies arrest man accused of posing as police officer to scam woman out of money

Charles Gates (Source: Washington Parish Sheriff's Office) Charles Gates (Source: Washington Parish Sheriff's Office)

Have you ever received a suspicious sounding phone call from someone claiming to be a police officer who is asking for monetary donations?

Well, one elderly lady who was duped in a scam contacted authorities and they were able to arrest the suspected scammer Monday.

The Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office reported Charles Gates, 44, of Franklinton, faces charges after he was reportedly tracked down through the cell phone number used to contact the victim.

Deputies said they were contacted by an elderly woman who said she had been scammed by someone who identified themselves as a police officer.

They added the victim explained the suspect contacted her three times asking for money to help one of her relatives. 

According to reports, the caller told her to send a total of $150 via Western Union. Authorities said the woman sent the money and later realized she had been scammed.

"No law enforcement officer will ever call and ask for money over the telephone," Sheriff Randy Seal said in a written release. "I regret very much that this lady was scammed out of $150, and I am glad our detectives could identity Gates and make the arrest."

Gates was booked into the Washington Parish Jail on charges of impersonating a police officer, fugitive from another jurisdiction and failure to appear (misdemeanor). His bond is set at $60,518.

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