UPDATED Wednesday, October 24, 2012 --- 12:28 p.m.
Incident Report from the Madison Police Department:
Incident Type: Arrested Person
Incident Date: 10/23/2012 - 2:55 PM
Address: 702 N. Midvale Blvd. (Jim's Coins and Stamps)
Arrested: Tamara L. Moe, age 33, Scandinavia WI
Ms. Moe was arrested for Impersonating Peace Officers, Issue of Worthless Checks, and Bail Jumping - 3 counts.
Details: A former sheriff's department employee put on her old uniform and passed herself off as a law enforcement officer as she wrote bad checks Tuesday at Jim's Coins and Stamps, 702 N. Midvale Blvd.
The suspect, clad in a Waupaca County Sheriff's Department uniform, told a clerk that she was in town for "training" and that she needed to buy some coins for a couple of elderly Madison clients. According to the story she was spinning, she is a deputy sheriff who moonlights as a coin dealer. The clerk said he would have to verify she had sufficient funds in her account to cover the $5,407 purchase. She impressed upon him the need to get coins to clients quickly as they were "very anxious.”
In deference to her law enforcement status he allowed her to take nearly $550 worth of coins prior to account verification. After she left, the clerk began to get a bad feeling about the customer. He looked up her criminal record on a state website and learned she was no stranger to check fraud. He then called the Waupaca County Sheriff's Department and learned the woman was no longer employed there, and had not been so in some time. Madison Police were summoned, and the woman's credit union was contacted. Her account had been forced to close.
As the clerk talked with the Madison officer, it was learned Monona Police had just arrested the suspect as she was attempting yet another check fraud. She still had the coins belonging to Jim's. Following her arrest, she told a Madison officer that she is struggling on a number of fronts, including past heroin use. She planned on taking the coins to a pawn shop. She knows what she is doing is wrong, and says she wants help.
Posted: Tuesday, October 23, 2012 --- 9:14p.m.
Release from Monona Police Department:
On Tuesday, October 23, 2012, at approximately 12:26p.m., Monona Police Officers were dispatched to Capital City Coins and Jewelry, 6025 Monona Drive, for a subject possibly trying to purchase items with a worthless check. The officer arrived on scene and contacted a 33-year-old female from Scandinavia, WI, who was dressed in a Waupaca County Sheriff uniform shirt. The Monona Officer contacted the Waupaca County Sheriff's Office and discovered the former employee had pending charges for fraud and Impersonating a Peace Officer in their county and in the Dane County area. The officer received further information that the female may have perpetrated a similar incident earlier in the day.
The female was taken into custody and booked into the Dane County jail on charges of issuance of a worthless check, impersonating a Peace Officer and bail jumping. The earlier incident is being investigated by the Madison Police Department.