Fort Smith Police Seek Scam Artist


Fort Smith Police are seeking a suspect or suspects that are thought to have been involved in a scam targeting elderly residents of Fort Smith.

On April 3, a warrant for two counts of Felony Theft by Deception and one count of Misdemeanor Theft by Deception was issued for Johnny Jude Cooper, according to a news release from the Fort Smith Police Department.

Between Nov. 1, 2013 and Nov. 7, 2013, Fort Smith Police were alerted to three incidents involving possible scams against elderly residence owners of Fort Smith.

In each situation, white male suspect(s) approached elderly homeowners and claimed they needed to conduct a warranty inspection on the homeowner’s roof.

“The male suspect(s) then convinced the elderly homeowner’s that fees were payable due to additional supply costs from fixing leaking vents.  The suspect(s) are believed to be approximately 35 – 45 years of age, driving a white, unknown make or model truck,” the news release states.

Residents who see the man pictured above or encounter this kind of scam are encouraged to call the Fort Smith Police Department at 479-709-5000. Residents can also call the River Valley Crimestoppers tip line at 78-CRIME.


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