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My Town: More districts to add school resource officers this fall

My Town: More districts to add school resource officers this fall

KENT COUNTY, Mich.—Four additional officers from the Kent County Sheriff’s Department will be patrolling the hallways and grounds of West Michigan schools next fall.

The Kent County Board of Commissioners last week approved contracts in which the Kent County Sheriff Department will provide a school resource officer to Byron Center Public Schools, Kent City Community Schools and Kenowa Hills Public Schools.  Lowell Area Schools is working with a community partner to fund a school resource officer and hopes to commit to a contract in the coming weeks.

The SROs will improve school safety by investigating school related incidences and taking a proactive approach to deter violence and crime on campus.

My Town: Potentially costly spoofing scam spreads to Kent County

My Town: Potentially costly spoofing scam spreads to Kent County

KENT COUNTY, Mich.—The sheriff department is warning residents about a scam that’s made its way into Kent County.

On June 16, a resident contacted the sheriff department to report a suspicious phone call.  The suspect masked their phone number so it appeared the phone call was coming from the Kent County Sheriff Department.  The predator told the victim the Kent County Sheriff Department had a warrant out for their arrest and they needed to pay hundreds of dollars to take care of the warrant.  The scammer also used an actual sheriff department employee’s name.  Fortunately, the victim thought the call was suspicious and contacted deputies.

My Town Ada: Construction company targeted in real estate rental scam

My Town Ada: Construction company targeted in real estate rental scam

ADA, Mich.—One of West Michigan’s 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For has become a target in a scam.

Early this year, Dan Vos Construction Company of Ada notified the Better Business Bureau that its name was being used in a real estate rental scam.  The company had received complaints from people in Arizona, New Jersey and Texas about a posting on Craigslist and Hotpads, claiming a Richard Carlson recently accepted a job with Dan Vos Construction Companies in Michigan and was offering his home in Arizona/New Jersey/Texas for rent.  The rent posted varied between $600 and $740 per month and included all utilities.

Dan Vos Construction Company informed the BBB about the false posting.  The company does not have an employee named Richard Carlson. The company name is also Dan Vos Construction Company, not companies.

As of April 1, both listings appeared to have been removed. 

My Town Cascade Township: Deputy shares tips for fraud protection during free workshop

My Town Cascade Township: Deputy shares tips for fraud protection during free workshop

CASCADE TOWNSHIP, Mich.—Senior citizens are encouraged to learn how to protect their assets during a fraud presentation by Kent County Sheriff Deputy Ryan Roe Wednesday, April 16.

Roe will share some tips for community members during this free workshop, which will take place at 3:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. at the Wisner Center inside the Cascade Township Library.

The presentation comes just days after a suspicious person was seen on Colchester Drive SE, going through mail boxes in the late evening.  Roe advises community members to avoid placing checks in their mailbox, so suspects cannot obtain your information and money.

My Town: Governor approves adding two judges to Kent County courts

My Town: Governor approves adding two judges to Kent County courts

LANSING, Mich. – Two Kent County courts will be getting additional judges.

This week Governor Snyder signed five bills to redistribute judges based on caseloads.  The bills removes  four judge positions from the 3rd Circuit Court in Wayne County, one judgeship from the 36th District Court in Detroit and one judgeship from the 70th District Court in Saginaw.   The affected judges will serve out their current turns, but will not be replace.

The bills then add two judgeships to the 16th Circuit Court in Macomb County, one to the 6th Circuit Court in Oakland County one to the 17th Circuit Court in Kent County, one to the 7th District Court in Van Buren County, and one to the 63rd District Court in Kent County, subject to a local vote.

Man sentenced for selling counterfeit razorblades at Meijer Stores

A Florida man will spend 30 months in prison for trying to sell counterfeit razorblades at Meijer Stores.

As part of his punishment, 56-year-old Jeffrey Steven Telsey also faces three years of probation and must pay $400,506.17 in restitution, as well as a $25,000 fine.  

In January 2008, Homeland Security Investigations was notified that counterfeit Gillette Mach3 razor refills were being distributed through Meijer Stores.  Homeland Security began buying up the counterfeit razorblades from Telsey, who operated JCA Enterprises.  At the same time, Meijer Stores issued a company-wide recall for the counterfeit blades.

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Ada man convicted of tax fraud

Two West Michigan men convicted of  tax fraud are going to prison.

Federal Judge Robert Jonker sentenced 37-year-old Chad Anthony Chertos of Ada  to 30 months in prison and 39-year-old Gregory VanDyke of Newaygo to 64 months in prison. U.S. Attorney Patrick Miles says the men were business partners  who inflated and lied about clients’ incomes to obtain larger refunds. Miles says the men profited in the scheme by taking substational fees from the refund checks.

As part of their punishment, both men must pay more than $240,000 in restitution to the U.S. Treasury and are barred from preparing or filing or assisting in the preparing or filing of any federal tax returns.