Hawkins residents hit with rash of calls threatening jail if money isn't paid

Jeff Bobo • Feb 5, 2018 at 1:33 PM

ROGERSVILLE — Multiple Hawkins County residents have reported Monday receiving a call form a person claiming to be local law enforcement, and demanding money under the threat of arrest. 

Sheriff Ronnie Lawson said someone is calling and advising people that they failed to appear in criminal court or grand jury.

The caller identifies himself as Lt. Allen, and the intended victims are told if they pay $500 they will not be arrested.

There was a Hawkins County Grand Jury session last week but arraignments on new criminal court defendants aren’t until Friday.


“The proper procedure for an FTA (failure to appear) in court is a warrant or capias being issued for the arrest of the person,” Lawson said. “There there is never a call attempting to collect money. If you receive such a call, disregard it. I advise anyone receiving calls from a number they don't recognize, don't answer it. These call originate from other countries.”

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