Crime

Man accused of impersonating Bibb deputy, netting more than $1,000 in scam

A 42-year-old Bainbridge man was arrested Monday, accused of impersonating a Bibb County deputy and scamming a Macon man out of more than $1,000.

Jimmy Lee Wilson is charged with theft by deception and impersonating an officer, according to Bibb County jail records.

He is being held on $5,300 bond.

The Macon man told authorities he received a phone message July 14 from someone identifying himself as “Lt. Jeff Daniels of the BCSO” who said he was calling about the man’s wife, according to a sheriff’s office report.

When the man called back, someone posing as Daniels said the man’s wife had missed jury duty and a warrant had been issued for her arrest. He told the man to go to a drug store, get prepaid bank cards worth $1,179.45 and to call back, according to the report.

Arrest warrants issued about two months later allege the man did call back and read off the bank cards’ numbers.

Authorities traced money from the cards to a bank account in Wilson’s name, according to the warrants.

There is no Lt. Jeff Daniels at the sheriff’s office, according to the report and warrants.

To contact writer Amy Leigh Womack, call 744-4398.

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