MADISON (WKOW) -- A former Waupaca County Sheriff's Department employee donned her old uniform and passed herself off as a law enforcement officer as she wrote bad checks Tuesday, according to Madison police.
Police say the incident happened at Jim's Coins and Stamps on 702 N. Midvale Boulevard. The suspect, 33-year-old Tamara Moe, of Scandinavia, Wisconsin, was dressed in her old uniform, told the clerk she was in town for "training" and needed to buy some coins for a couple of elderly Madison clients. She said she was a deputy sheriff who was moonlighting as a coin dealer. That clerk said he would have to verify she had sufficient funds in her account to cover the $5,407 purchase.
Police say Moe said she needed the coins quickly as her clients were "very anxious." The clerk had allowed her to take more than $500 worth of coins before verifying funds. After she left, he looked up her criminal record on a state website and learned she was no stranger to check fraud.
Officials say the clerk contacted the Waupaca County Sheriff's Department and was told the woman had not worked for the agency for some time. Madison police were called, and the woman's credit union notified. Her account had been forced closed.
Madison police say they learned Monona police had arrested Moe as she was attempting another check fraud, with the coins in her possession.
Following her arrest, Tamara Moe told a Madison officer she is struggling with numerous things, including past heroin use, and was going to take the coins to a pawn shop. She knows what she is doing is wrong, and wants help.
Moe was arrested for impersonating a peace officer, issuing of worthless checks and bail jumping.