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Police blotter

Posted: March 1, 2017 - 1:59am

These accounts were taken from Columbia County Sheriff's Office incident reports:

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Woman finds identity fraud

A woman discovered she had fallen victim to identity fraud after her tax refund was paid to a Texas unemployment office.

The victim told police that her refund did not post to her bank account on the day scheduled, according to the incident report.

She called the IRS to check on the refund and was told that because of unemployment that was filed in 2012, her refund was paid to the Texas Workforce Commission to compensate for more than $6,000 in wages.

The woman told police that she has never filed for unemployment in Texas. Her Social Security number and name were used to file, and the Texas Workforce Commission told her the claim would be investigated.

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Man arrested after urinating outside eatery

A man was arrested for public drunkenness after police found him urinating outside an Evans business.

Police responded to the parking lot of Waffle House at 101 SRP Drive on Thursday in reference to a suspicious situation. Upon arrival, they found Samuel E. Kocurek Jr., 22, urinating by a road in front of other restaurant patrons.

Police reported a strong odor of alcohol, and Kocurek was unable to answer questions or walk without help. He was arrested and taken to the Columbia County Detention Center.

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Fake cash used at Wal-Mart

A Wal-Mart employee discovered hundreds of dollars of counterfeit bills marked "For Motion Picture Use Only" had been used. Ten counterfeit $100 bills and 20 counterfeit $20s were passed through a register at the store on South Belair Road in Martinez.

Store management told police they could not determine yet who passed the bills.

 

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