Written by Elizabeth Davis. Posted in News & Weather

The Floyd County Sheriff’s Office has announced the appointment of John Upton to serve as the agency’s Scam and Prevention Fraud Officer.

According to an FCSO release, Upton’s duties will include maintenance of online resources to inform the public regarding current scam schemes in the Rome-Floyd County area.  The Sheriff’s Office will also provide for training of community groups as well as local businesses with fraud prevention and identification.

Sheriff Tim Burkhalter says, “Over the past several years we have worked to educate the public about this ever-evolving criminal activity.  With the appointment of Mr. Upton, we will be able to utilize preventative programs to attack those who intend on preying on our citizens through scams.”

Upton recently retired from Georgia Highlands College, where he served as Director of Campus Safety.  He is also retired from law enforcement in Texas and New Jersey, where he served as the chief administrator of several police and security agencies.  He has been formally licensed and certified as a Texas Master Peace Officer.  Upton is also a graduate of Rutgers University.

For more information about scheduling a fraud prevention and identification program, contact Upton at uptonj@floydsheriff.com.  Additional information about scams may be found at www.floydsheriff.com or on the Floyd County Sheriff’s Office’s Facebook page.

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