Fraudulent notices arriving in Richland mailboxes

Tri-City HeraldMay 22, 2013 

— South Richland residents are receiving fraudulent notices and citations from someone impersonating government agencies.

The Richland Police Department said in a release the notices were mailed to homes in the area around Gage Boulevard, Sky Meadow Avenue, Anna Avenue and Falconridge Street.

“The individuals responsible for this are committing a felony,” the police said in a release intended to warn the offenders and notify the public of the situation.

Most of the mailings appear as code enforcement nuisance forms citing residents for a problem such as barking dogs. However, the notices aren’t signed by the city’s code enforcement officers and arriving in envelopes not used by the city and without a return address. One resident also reported receiving a fraudulent notice purportedly from animal control officials.

Police said anyone found responsible for the notices could be charged with first-degree criminal impersonation. Anyone with information is encouraged to call Officer Rick Kane at 942-7636 or Sgt. Ver Steeg at 942-7545.

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