State Police Warning Of Phone Scam

By: Angela Sparkman Email
By: Angela Sparkman Email

They call asking for donations to help the widow of State Police Trooper Jonathan Leonard. The only problem is Trooper Leonard was never married.

State Police say the caller says their with the Kentucky State Police spousal support group, but troopers say there's no such thing. Detectives believe someone is hoping sympathy for the fallen trooper will make them some money.

28 year old Trooper Jonathan Leonard was killed on duty in a car accident in December. Now months after his death, police say someone is trying to take advantage of it. Police say people all across the state are reporting getting a phone call from the Kentucky State Police spousal support group.

"That's a fraudulent call," said Trooper Shaun Little with the Kentucky State Police.

Trooper Little say no such group exists.

"We've received information they're asking for a donation in the name of Jonathan Leonard, that's false also," Little said.

The callers claim the money is for Trooper Leonard's wife.

"The Kentucky State Police or the professional association have not been making calls to solicit donations for any fallen troopers or their spouses," Little said.

For further proof this is a scam, Trooper Leonard was not married.

Police are trying to find the alleged scammers. Officers say the FBI is also helping. Investigators believe they've traced one call to Las Vegas, but they've had no luck finding out who is making the calls and collecting the money.

"Unfortunately there are people in the United States that prey on things of this nature. They gather information, find a way to make an unhonest dollar," Little said.

A dollar they don't want them to make off of their fallen trooper's memory.

Police say if you get one of these calls, don't hang up on them, instead get as much information from them as you can. After the call, immediately report all the information to your local state police post.

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