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Georgia's New Secondary Metal Recycler Law

Pursuant to O.C.G.A. § 10-1-360, secondary metals recyclers who purchase regulated metal property in any quantity
must register with the appropriate sheriff's office(s) beginning July 1, 2012.

  • The recycler must submit a completed registration form in person to Sgt. Mike Howell. Sgt. Howell can be reached at
    (770) 940-4915 or through email.
  • The recycler must also submit a copy of the driver's license or other identification along with the registration documents.
  • If the recycler is a qualified alien, secure and verifiable documentation must be attached to the application. A list of verifiable documents is included below.
  • Annually collect a non-refundable registration fee of $200, which must be remitted to the county governing authority. Registrations cannot be considered without full payment of $200.
  • Each registration is valid for a twelve month period beginning with the effective date of registration established by the sheriff’s office once all registration requirements are met.

How the Appropriate County of Registration is Determined

  • Business (Corporation or Partnership) :
    The recycler registering as a business must register with the sheriff in county where the place of operation is maintained. If the recycler maintains a place of operation in more than one county, he/she must register the business in each county.
  • Individual (Sole Proprietor):
    An individual must register in the county where he/she resides.
  • Non-resident of Georgia:
    A recycler who is not a resident of Georgia must register in the county where he/she primarily engages or intends to operate as a secondary metals recycler.

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We Have Moved!

The Douglas County Sheriff's Office has moved. If you need to request a background check, register as a sex offender or talk to one of our deputies in person, our new address is:

8470 Earl D. Lee Blvd.
Douglasville, Georgia 30134


Criminal Investigations Division

REPORTING IDENTITY THEFT TO THE IRS

Identity theft can affect taxpayers in two primary ways:

  1. Refund-related: This occurs when the identity thief uses the victim's SSN to file a false federal income tax return to obtain funds. If the thief files before the victim, the victim may not receive his or her refund in a timely fashion.
  2. Employment-related or Income-related: This occurs when the identity thief uses the victim's SSN to obtain employment, resulting in what may appear as unreported income under the victim's account.

For both forms of identity theft the taxpayer must submit the following documentation to the IRS by mail or by visiting the local IRS Office.

For Refund-Related identity theft:

  1. A photocopy of one or more of the following:
    • Social Security Card
    • Passport
    • Driver's License
    • Other Federal or State issued identification, AND
  2. One of the following:

Attach the documentation referenced above to your paper return if you have not yet filed, or to a letter of explanation if you have already submitted a return. Send the information to the location where the return is filed.

For Employment-Related or Income Related identity theft issues, attach the documentation referenced above along with any notice received from the IRS, and send to:

Internal Revenue Service,
PO Box 9039,
Andover, MA 01810–0939,
OR
fax to (978) 247–9965 (this is not a toll-free number).

If additional assistance is needed, contact the IRS Identity Protection Specialized Unit (IPSU) using the toll-free number 800-908-4490, or visit the IRS website at www.irs.gov (keyword identity theft).

To request a copy of the victim’s tax return and related refund information to assist in local jurisdiction prosecutions:
Form 8821-A Must be completed with no scratch outs, be legible, no blank spaces, and one form per tax year. We must have the original signature. If the form is incomplete or illegible in any way the form will be returned for corrections. Mail original Forms 8821-A along with a photocopy of Form 14039 to:

IRS-CI Disclosure Waiver Program
401 West Peachtree Street – Room 600
Atlanta, GA 30308

The 8821 A form (Victim's tax return waiver) must be picked up at the Sheriff's Office. Copies are at the front desk along with copies of the 14039 form (Identity theft Affidavit).

Action Steps for Victims:

  • Make a police report with the Police Jurisdiction where you live. Provide as much documentation as possible, to include who you talked to at xyz company and their phone number, copies of statements, etc.
  • Contact all your creditors, by phone and in writing (include a Universal Fraud Affidavit), and inform them of the problem. Suspects often apply for Instant Credit at businesses in your name. If you already have an account with the company he says "I forgot about that, how much credit do I have. I'll take the Big Screen TV, Washer/ Dryer, and a new computer".
  • Contact the Federal Trade Commission to report the identity theft.
  • Obtain your credit report from each of the three major credit bureaus. Attempt to get one from a local bureau in the area the fraud occurred. Report the identity theft to their fraud units. Have a "Fraud Alert/Victim Impact" statement placed in your credit file asking that creditors call you before opening any new accounts.
  • Alert your bank and check verification companies to flag your accounts and to contact you to confirm unusual activity. Change your account numbers if they were compromised. Request a change of PIN's and Passwords if they are easily guessed, or were compromised.
  • Obtain your Social Security Administration (SSA) report and check for benefits paid out, or income earned in your name. Report the situation to the SSA Fraud Hotline if your SSN was misused.
  • Check post office for possible change of address for you. Suspects have filed for a Change of address to have all mail concerning the fraud come to their address, or a fictitious address, so you don't see it. This gives them more time to commit more fraud.
  • Check tenant screening services for apartments rented in your name (This may also be available on your credit report).
  • Contact driver license authority (Georgia Department of Driver Services); (770) 918-5822 or access the Web site: www.dds.ga.gov. Then contact the state where the loss/theft occurred to see if a license, or any traffic citations were issued in your name. If so, request a new license number and fill out the DMV's complaint form to begin the fraud investigation process.
  • Keep a log of all contacts and make copies of all documents. Ask for a fraud investigator at most companies as a point
    of contact.
  • Contact a privacy or consumer advocacy group for assistance and resources.

Resources:

Federal Trade Commission: (877) 438-4338 - Web site Information
Social Security Administration Fraud Hotline: (800) 269-0271 - Web site Information

Major Credit Bureaus:

Equifax Corp
To order report:
(800) 997-2493
Fraud #: (800) 525-6285
Web site
Experian (formerly TRW)
To order report:
(888) 397-3742 or (800) 520-1221
Fraud #: (800) 311-4769
Web site
Trans Union
To order report:
(800) 888-4213
Fraud #: (800) 680-7289
Web site

Checks:

Stolen checks or bank accounts set up fraudulently in your name, call these check guarantee companies. They can flag your file so that counterfeit checks will be refused.

  • CheckRite - (800) 766-2748
  • Chexsystems - (800) 428-9623
  • CrossCheck - (707) 586-0551
  • Equifax - (800) 437-5120
  • International Check Svcs - (800) 526-5380
  • SCAN - (800) 262-2771
  • TeleCheck - (800) 710-9898

NATIONAL CHECK FRAUD CENTER: (843) 571-2143 (Web site)

Consumer Advocacy Groups:

Privacy Rights Clearinghouse
1717 Kettner Ave., Ste. 105
San Diego, CA 2101
Phone: (619) 298-3396
E-Mail: prc@privacyrights.org
Web site
U.S. Public Interest Research Group
218 D St. S.E.
Washington, DC 20001
Phone: (202) 546-9707
E-Mail: pirg@pirg.org
Web site

If you have any questions please contact:
Investigator Joshua Skinner
(678) 486-1254
jnskinner@sheriff.douglas.ga.ua


January 31, 2013

Criminal Investigations Division

On Monday January 28, 2013 the final pieces of the Douglas County Sheriff's Office Investigation and Prosecution of the Human Trafficking case came to close with Eric Lamar Stovall pleading guilty to Pandering in the Superior Court room of Judge David T Emerson.

Eric Stovall was identified late in the investigation as a person who was a buyer of the solicited sexual services of minors being trafficked online via Craig's List. Stovall pled guilty to a capped 15 year sentence to serve no more than 7 years in prison. Judge David T Emerson sentenced the full 15 years giving 5 years to serve in prison. He will be subject to the Georgia Sex Offender registration laws when he is released.

Steven Lemery and Christopher Lynch (aka Pasha Nicole) have already been sentenced in this case for their parts of exploiting, harboring and molesting young teen male children in Douglas County. The investigation went nearly a year in the case dealing with minors from Alabama, South Carolina and Georgia whom all wound up at the Lemery residence on Long Lake Drive in Douglasville. Lemery is serving an 80 year prison sentence with the first 50 not eligible for parole after being convicted in the Superior Court of Douglas County. Lynch is serving a 30 year sentence to serve 14 years in a plea deal with the Court.


January 11, 2013

Command Division

Sheriff Phil Miller recently presented an award to a very special young lady. Abby Evans provided the Douglas County Sheriff's Office with information that helped to solve a major crime in the area. Thank you, Abby, and congratulations on your award!


January 10, 2013

Criminal Investigations Division

On January 7, 2013 Marley's Emporium on Thornton Road was robbed at gun point. This suspect should be considered armed and dangerous. Please contact Inv. Susan Sweat 770-920-7138 or 770-949-5656 at the Douglas County Sheriff's Office with any information on his identity and whereabouts.


December 11, 2012

Criminal Investigations Division

Recently, the Douglas County Sheriff's Office hosted a film crew from A&E's program Beyond Scared Straight. According to A&E's webpage, "The series follows at-risk teens who have been in trouble for everything from fighting, theft, and drugs to promiscuity, gambling and gang-relations. They are forced to spend a day in jail, interact with convicted felons and truly experience what a life behind bars is like." The episode featuring the Douglas County Sheriff's Office is scheduled to air sometime in January. However, we have not received a firm date yet. The following letter is from Arnold Shapiro, the show's Executive Producer:


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