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Phone: (336) ***-****  HQ Phone
Ashe County Register
150 Government Circle Suite 2300
Jefferson, North Carolina 28640
United States

Company Description: Ashe County comprises approximately 427.05 square miles of land area. Mean temperatures reach 32 degrees F in January and 69 degrees F in July. Resting high in the...   more

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Commissioners | Ashe County Government, 13 Jan 2014 [cached]
William Sands
In Ashe, as in most counties throughout North Carolina, policy decisions are made by a Board of County Commissioners.
The Jefferson Post Online [cached]
Jefferson man charged with embezzlement: A 33-year-old Jefferson man was charged with 10 counts of embezzlement and three counts of forgery and uttering Thursday, according to warrants issued by Detective William Sands of the Ashe County Sheriff's Department.
West Jefferson buys Kincaid property: The long debate over the Kincaid property in West Jefferson ended Monday night when the Ashe County Board of Education accepted the last bid.
Huskies boys varsity sneaks past Avery: The Ashe County varsity boys basketball team is now 3-1 on the season after a close road victory over Avery County Friday 65-61.
Ashe County Sheriff's ..., 28 Oct 2013 [cached]
Ashe County Sheriff's Detective William Sands, an ACEAPT member, said people in the mountains of western N.C. are particularly hard-hit by out-of-country scams in recent years, according to FBI reports.
"We continue to have reports of sweepstake scams," said Sands.
"In the past, people were to send money for prepayment of taxes and handling charges on their winnings. These amounts ran into thousands of dollars," he said.
"We continue to tell people 'if it seems to good to be true, it is,'" said Sands.
Several speakers gave presentations ..., 26 Oct 2012 [cached]
Several speakers gave presentations during the forum, including Ashe County Commissioner William Sands, who spoke on behalf of the sheriffs office.
"A few years ago, an FBI agent stated that people in the mountains of Western North Carolina were hit hardest by out of country scams. Our people are very trusting," said Sands.
Sands also said "once money leaves the United States, any recovery is nearly impossible."
After the meeting, Sands said there are several different ways for elders to lose money in scams.
"Investment/ponzi scams have taken life savings from a number of Ashe County citizens. One person was charged with taking over $250,000 and most were Ashe County victims," said Sands.
In this case, the suspect did not come to superior court and was also charged with failure to appear in court. The police continued to search for him.
According to Sands, several residents have invested and lost money in ponzi scams originating outside of Ashe County. Black Diamond was operated from Ashe, but no investors were found in our county.
Victims loss $40 million, said Sands
Sands also said lottery scams continue to be a problem. People are told they have won large amounts of money, sometimes in the millions.
At the same time, they receive counterfeit checks, ranging from a thousand to several thousand dollars. The victim is told to cash the check, wire the larger portion to pay taxes and handling and keep the smaller amount, said Sands.
The check bounces and the victim is responsible to the bank. The winner's check never comes, said Sands.
"We see fewer people taken in by this scam than in the past. People have become more aware, and our local banks keep a close watch for these checks," said Sands.
Within the past few months, people have been notified they are winners, but rather than wire large amounts of money for taxes, the request is to send only $20 which is used to verify the winner's eligibility. Of course, the winner check never comes, only many unwanted scam letters, said Sands.
"People need to remember," said Sands, "you should never have to pay for anything you have won."
According to Sands, elders should be very careful when purchasing items through the Internet, such as ebay, Auto Trader and Craig's List. "Most ads are legit, but some people never receive their purchase," said Sands.
Identity theft was also mentioned and is a big concern, said Sands.
"Protect bank account and credit card information. Check or have someone check your monthly statements as soon as possible," said Sands.
Concerns about home safety were also mentioned during Tuesday's meeting. Don't let people into your home without knowing them or verifying who they work for.
Sands also said elders should be aware when paying for home repairs before work completed.
David Kirkland, from the N.C. Attorney Generals Office, agreed with Sands and told a story about an unidentified elderly couple from Wake County that was exploited.
"I have felt from the start ..., 11 June 2012 [cached]
"I have felt from the start that the SBI should look into this matter," said Ashe County Commissioner William Sands in a Dec. 6 email. "We have an undetermined, but large, amount of money unaccounted for. These involve county, state, and federal funds. I am not saying there was any criminal wrongdoing, but that should be determined through an investigation."
In a (non-official) show of hands during Monday afternoon's 2 p.m. work session, Sands posed the question to the other commissioners, who all agreed that calling in the State Bureau of Investigation may be necessary. No official action was taken during either the worksession, or the 3:30 board meeting on the matter.
"I mean, it'll come to that sooner or later," said Sands, referring to the SBI launching an investigation into the failed former mental healthcare provider.
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