Cash loan employees accused of posing as deputies to get cash, cars

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PHOENIX – Two individuals are in custody after allegedly calling hundreds of people demanding money or cars as they posed as Maricopa County sheriff’s deputies.

Detectives with MCSO’s Organized Crime Division were notified in February that people had been receiving telephone calls from someone who said they were detectives with the sheriff’s office.

An extensive investigation led deputies to two Cash Time Title Loans employees. The two suspects allegedly called several hundred loan recipients starting in early 2009 utilizing a calling system that causes MCSO’s telephone number to appear on caller ID’s.

The employees at Cash Time Title Loans were taken into custody on Tuesday. One of the suspects will be charged with impersonating a peace officer and the second person faces charges of conspiracy to aid in impersonating a peace officer.

MCSO alleges that the employees called to intimidate clients to either repay loans or turn in their vehicles. The employees also allegedly threatened to arrest the clients due to their late loan payments.

Sheriff Joe Arpaio says he is always concerned when someone poses as a law enforcement officer. He says it is a danger to the citizens of the county and will not be tolerated.