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Authorities warn of scammer

Posted on Thursday, February 16, 2017 at 2:47 pm

Staff Reports

The Coffee County Sheriff’s Department is warning the public about an individual who contacted the county mayor’s office about the possibility of creating a volunteer fire department about a month ago. The man, identified as Nicholas Christopher Douglas, has a long criminal history that includes fraud, impersonating an officer, intimidation of a witness, telecommunication fraud and other charges.

According to the sheriff’s department, Coffee County Mayor Gary Cordell contacted the sheriff’s department as well as the Coffee County Emergency Management Agency about Douglas’ credentials. It was found that Douglas was contacting other Tennessee counties about starting a volunteer fire department in their particular area, using Beechgrove as an example of an already established department. An investigation showed Douglas had been contacting officials in Hickman, Crockett, Sumner, Overton and other areas, using numerous variations of his name.

Douglas has been warned not to contact Coffee County authorities again, according to the Coffee County Sheriff’s Department.

Officials ask anyone who has been contacted by Douglas for donations or other reasons to call Investigator Kelly Smith at (931) 570-4425. Residents outside Coffee County should contact their local law enforcement.