An employee of the Augusta Solicitor’s Office was arrested Thursday for impersonating a public officer or employee, authorities said.
Employee Tiffany Mincey, 36, of Augusta, is accused of threatening to arrest a local man if he didn’t return a dog that was given to him for breeding, according to a sheriff’s report. She even texted his personal information and identified herself as “Investigator Mincey,” a sheriff’s report says.
Here’s the background: A Hephzibah man told authorities that a friend named Jimmy gave him a female German Shepherd dog to breed with his male German Shepherd on Feb. 10. But the female was too aggressive, tried to bite him, and eventually got out of a fence and ran away. He said Jimmy didn’t believe his story. Soon after, the man started getting text messages from a number traced to Mincey. She identified herself as “Investigator Mincey” and gave her work number at the Solicitor’s Office.
“Mincey texted him, stating that if he did not return the dog to its owner, she will take out a warrant for his arrest for theft by taking,” a sheriff’s report said. “Mincey started texting him some of his personal information, home address, mother’s address, job information, prior arrest information and a picture of him from his Facebook page.”
The man became concerned and contacted his attorney, who discovered that Mincey was not an investigator who worked for the sheriff’s office or Hephzibah Police Department. But there was a Tiffany Mincey with that phone number who worked in the Solicitor’s Office.
A sheriff’s report does not list her title at the Solicitor’s Office, but it was not as a law enforcement officer. The Solicitor’s Office serves Richmond County as the prosecutor for all misdemeanor criminal offenses including DUI cases, traffic violations, theft cases, domestic violence, neighborhood disputes, and other non-traffic misdemeanor offenses.
Mincey was arrested Thursday and later released on bond.
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