Faux health inspector extorting Phoenix businesses

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PHOENIX (AP) -- The Arizona Division of Occupational Safety and Health is warning Phoenix businesses to watch out for a man impersonating a state health inspector.

ADOSH officials said Tuesday a man claiming to be an ADOSH inspector has visited several businesses, including two restaurants, and threatened them with citations. In some cases, he offered not to issue a citation if the business owner gave cash or a check.

ADOSH says their compliance officers always show photo credentials immediately upon entering a business. Officers also never issue citations in the field or request money.

Anyone who is suspicious about an individual claiming to be an officer or inspector is asked to call ADOSH.