Andrew James Addy, 30, of Columbia, was arrested by Richland County authorities Tuesday and charged with impersonating a law enforcement officer and impersonating a public official for a sham legal process, Sheriff Leon Lott said in a statement.
Addy is suspected in a number of similar scams, Sheriff’s Department spokesman Deputy Curtis Wilson said.
In the latest case resulting in Tuesday’s charges, Addy allegedly called the unnamed victim at work telling her he was a drug investigator for the Richland County Sheriff’s Department who could make a drug warrant against her, which in fact did not exist, “go away” for $150. The victim agreed to meet Addy, gave him $40 and told him she would give him more money later, Lott said.
Authorities were already on the lookout for someone impersonating a sheriff’s deputy because of the calls from other victims and people who were not taken in by the scam, Wilson said. A search of phone records and information from aquaintances led authorities to Addy, Wilson said.
Bond was set at $10,000 for Addy while he was detained at the Alvin S Glenn Detention Center on unrelated charges.