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Man Impersonates Police Officer To Scam Elderly

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. - A fraud case involving a man pretending to be a police officer is the focus of Crime Stoppers.

On Tuesday, December 29 at 11:30 a.m. an elderly man walked out of the Family Dollar store on Woodland Street in East Nashville. 

"Obviously, somebody was watching him - elderly, by himself. When he came out of the Family Dollar store a silver car pulled up, and a man jumped out and said he was a police officer," said Jim Lambert with the Metro Nashville Police Department. 

The man portraying himself as an officer accused the elderly man of passing a fake $20 bill in the store. The victim said the man patted him down and even pushed him up against the car. 

Earlier, the elderly man had cashed a $100 bill at a nearby bank. The police impersonator accused him of working with the bank teller to pass counterfeit money. 

Then the fake police officer convinced the elderly man to withdraw more money from the bank so police could use it as evidence against the teller. 

"The victim in the case went inside and they had him withdraw $4,000 out of his account," said Lambert. 

The bank released a photograph of a woman who was working with the police impersonator. She escorted the victim to the front door of the bank. 

"We're hoping somebody will call in and give us the name of the male and female involved in this because obviously they're doing this more than once," said Lambert. 

Police said the victim thought he saw a badge, but he should have asked to see additional identity. 

"All Metro officers will have a commission card such as this and it will say police lieutenant, or police sergeant, police officer," said Lambert. 

If you have information that can solve this crime call Crime Stoppers at 74-CRIME. You can also text Crime Stoppers anonymously, text the word CASH and your message to CRIMES.

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