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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.

Documentation


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


March 26, 2013

Criminal Investigations Division

Video and full story provided by Kaitlyn Pratt of MyFoxAtlanta.com

Authorities are searching for a man they believe is responsible for several robberies in Douglas and Cobb counties.

Deputies say the man opened the door of a Title Max on Veteran's Memorial Highway on Friday afternoon and went right to work. His surprise entrance was caught on surveillance cameras.

Investigators said that the man wore a mask and held a gun as he collected cash from a register.

Detective Joshua Miller of the Douglas County Sheriff's office said that the man grabbed an employee by the shoulder and led him to the back of the store. He put the other employees on the ground, Miller said.

The suspect kept his cool during the robbery, witnesses said.

"Victims say he had a smooth voice and was not aggressive in the way he was speaking to them," Miller said.

The entire incident was over less than a minute after it began, Miller said.

The crook made his escape through some nearby woods. Deputies said they believe he's behind similar crimes in Cobb County.

"Not only does his actions lead to the idea that he's done it before, but also there have been similar robberies in similar type businesses," said Miller.

Investigators to catch the culprit before a victim is hurt or killed.

"These things are scary. When people have guns pointed in their faces they don't always comply. There's an instinct to fight, to resist this, because it isn't right," Miller said.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Douglas County Sheriff's Office.


March 19, 2013

Criminal Investigations Division

***Follow-Up***
This person has now been identified.


***Original Post***

On Friday 02-08-13 between the hours of 3:45pm-4:15 pm, an unknown black male pulled up to the gate at Dunaway Lake located at 6312 Union Groove Rd. Lithia Springs Ga 30122 in an early model 2000 Dodge x-tra Cab Truck with a Tool Box in the truck. The truck appears to be blue in color. The male exited the truck and walked through the gate onto the property. The male stole a rod and reel and an outside fire place. The subject is a black male between 35-45 years old. He is average build and height. It appears the subject has been on the property before and lives in the area. If you have any information on this man's whereabouts and/or identity, please call Inv. Joe Williams at 678-486-1234.


March 13, 2013

SERT Team

Congratulations to Dep. Chris Reeves on a top 5 finish in the 3 Gun Challenge Shooting Competition in Macon at the 9th annual Georgia Tactical Officer's Conference. Over 260 Swat Operators attended the conference including the Douglas County S.E.R.T. TEAM. For more pictures of the S.E.R.T TEAM during their training visit Georgia Tactical Officers Association's Facebook page.


Criminal Investigations Division

On January 16, 2013 around 7 P.M. a home invasion was reported from 5401 Stewart Mill Road. The victims reported that three white males smashed in back sliding glass door and entered their home. Two were reported to have handguns and the third was masked with a red bandana and carried a large knife. The case was turned over to the Douglas County/Douglasville Police Department Major Case Unit and investigated by Investigator Kenneth Conner. Over the next month and a half Investigator Conner followed up on leads and was able to identify five suspects, Richard Michael Martini, Nicholas Adam Anderson, George Lee Mathis, Kristin Michelle Davis, and Joshua Bordelon all of which are from the Douglasville area. Arrest warrants were signed on the above named individuals and members of the Douglas County Major Case Unit, Warrant Division, K-9 Unit, Traffic Unit, and the Warrant Division executed the warrants Monday and Tuesday at various locations in Douglas County. All five are now in custody.



March 8, 2013

Criminal Investigations Division

***Follow-Up***
Thanks to tips received via Facebook and our website, these two people have been identified.


***Original Post***
The Douglas County Sheriff's Office needs your help identifying the two people in this photo. This picture was on a cell phone recovered in a theft case. If you have any information regarding their identities and/or location, please call (770) 920-7139 and reference Case ID #DCSO13OFF001682. You can also leave an anonymous tip via our website: http://sheriff.douglas.ga.us/contactus.html


March 7, 2013

Criminal Investigations Division

***Follow-Up***
Last week, a look out was posted in reference to a suspicious male in a red vehicle who frightened a teen in the Greythorne Commons Subdivision. On Saturday March 9th 2013, Deputies located this male, he was identified and questioned about the incident and ultimately no charges were taken at that time. The male is identified and there will be follow up investigations into the incident to identify any possible criminal activity.

Thank you to everyone for their concerns, feedback and assistance in this matter. The Douglas County Sheriff's Office appreciates all the assistance it receives as we work hard to ensure the safety of the children and adult citizens of Douglas County.

***Original Post***
On Wednesday 03/06/2013 at about 5:25 p.m. a 14 year old male was walking in the Greythorne Common Subdivision when he was approached by a black male in his forties, wearing a hoodie, with a baseball cap and a doo rag under the cap. This male was driving an older model Red, Ford Explorer with a cracked rear passenger's window when he pulled up beside the 14 year old. The male asked the 14 year old if he wanted a "Puppy", the 14 year male replied "no" the driver asked again in a stronger voice if he wanted a "Puppy". This frightened the young man and he ran to a house, and the Explorer drove away at a rapid pace. The 14 year old reported that he didn't see or hear a dog in the Explorer.

If you have any information about this unknown male or his vehicle, please contact Inv. Dale Kelley at 770-920-4903 or dkelley@sheriff.douglas.ga.us. You can also leave an anonymous tip via the website.


March 5, 2013

Criminal Investigations Division

Douglas County Sheriff, Phil Miller and the Criminal Investigations Division, Child Protection Unit, are proud to show off its new child friendly interview room.

Local Douglasville artist Mike Shepard of Murals by Mike Shepard has completed four days of volunteer work painting the interview room that will be used exclusively for the interviewing of child victims and witness of violent crimes.

The room is an effort to better facilitate the interviewing of children at the Sheriff's Office. A room such as the one completed by Mr. Shepard will provide a more relaxed atmosphere to accommodate child victims or witnesses of violent crimes. The room will help in relaxing the children making the interviewing process less scary and friendlier.

We would like to thank Mike Shepard for donating his time, skills and talent. Mike can be reached at 678-778-3659 or muralsby4est@yahoo.com and you can see more if his work at www.muralsmikeshepard.com.


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