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December 21, 2016

Fraud Press Release

STATE OF VERMONT
DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY
VERMONT STATE POLICE

PRESS RELEASE
               
CASE#: 16B204842
TROOPER: Pohlman                                                       
STATION: Derby                  
CONTACT#: 802-334-8881

DATE/TIME: 12/21/2016 1600 hours
LOCATION: Albany, VT
VIOLATION: Fraud 
ACCUSED: none                               
AGE:
CITY, STATE OF RESIDENCE:

VICTIM: (The Vermont State Police does not release the names of victims of sexual assault or domestic violence.)
AGE:
CITY, STATE OF RESIDENCE:

SUMMARY OF INCIDENT: On 12/20/2016 members of the State Police received a call from a citizen who was a victim of fraud. The victim informed police that a male, who identifies himself as William Keeley, called his residence stating he was legal aid for a friend of his. Keeley stated the Victim’s friend was in a car accident and was currently in police custody. Keely asked the victim to send over $1500.00 through Walmart in order to bail out the victim’s friend. Once the money was sent, Keeley called back stating  there were complications with the incident and more money is required in order to pay for bail. This is a phone scam being used to fraudulently gain money from individuals. If you receive a phone call with someone using a similar scenario, do not send them any money. As always be sure to confirm the identity of any individuals asking for money over the phone.



Trooper Mark Pohlman
Vermont State Police
Troop B- Derby
802 334 8881