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$14,000 stolen in fake IRS scam

A Liberty Lake resident in the 1100 block of North Homestead Drive was the victim of an IRS scam recently, handing over nearly $14,000 to the scammers.

The woman told police that she was contacted by a man who said he was an IRS agent and that she and her husband owed nearly $6,000 in back taxes after an audit, according to Liberty Lake Police Chief Brian Asmus. The woman was instructed to put the money on reloadable cards and give the card numbers to the “agent” in order to avoid arrest.

The woman followed his instructions and then was told that another $8,000 was needed to recall warrants that had been issued for her and her husband’s arrest, Asmus said. The woman put the additional money on reloadable cards.

When police investigated, the cards had already been drained of money and no one answered the phone number the woman was given, Asmus said.

Other calls from July 21-28

July 22: A resident in the 600 block of North Knudson Street reported finding a bicycle in their front yard.

July 24: Police investigated a complaint that a man in the 21000 block of East Rockrose was sending text messages offering to have his two small children perform sexual favors for money. The man accused of sending the messages has no children.

July 25: A man ran out of a business in the 1200 block of North Liberty Lake Road after stealing $115 worth of alcohol. The case is under investigation. A business in the 1500 block of North Liberty Lake Road said that a man and a woman used credit cards to purchase more than $2,700 in gift cards. The credit cards turned out to be stolen. The case is under investigation. A resident in the 24000 block of East Spotted Owl Lane reported that someone had tried to break into her car, causing $400 in damage.

July 27: Residents in the 1000 block of North Garry Drive reported that two vehicles had been egged.

Arrests: Police made five arrests for driving with a suspended license and one for malicious mischief.

Citations: Officers handed out two citations for speeding. Additional citations were given for expired vehicle registration, driving without a license with identification, failure to show proof of liability insurance, improper passing on the left, following too close and failure to yield the right of way.