One day after issuing an appeal for the public’s help in identifying a man who allegedly posed as a Lexington County deputy to get cash from his victim, the Lexington Police announced the arrest of a 33-year-old Columbia man.
Jack Randolph Ward, Jr. is accused of trying to scam money from a woman who advertized an item for sale on the online message board, Craig’s List.
Ward allegedly contacted the victim about her Craig’s List posting, sent her a check in excess of the asking price and said she should send him the difference back in the mail. When the check arrived, however, “she discovered that the check was fraudulent,” Lexington police said.
Ward contacted her several days later demanding the money and threatened to call the authorities if she didn‘t comply. Around 7pm January 6th, he showed up at her house, wearing something that looked like a uniform, and identified himself as a Lexington County deputy.
The authorities did not say whether the victim gave Ward any money.
Ward, who was being held at the Lexington County Detention Center, was charged with one count of impersonating a law enforcement officer.