'The document is clearly a forgery': Coos DA says 'court document' is a social media scam
COQUILLE, Ore. - A forged court document identifying a person as a confidential informant for police in Coos County has surfaced on social media, the district attorney said Thursday.
"I have asked the Coos County Sheriff's Office to investigate this matter," District Attorney Paul Frasier wrote. "The document is clearly a forgery."
Frasier called the document "a scam being perpetrated on social media."
He redacted the person's name from the forged document and released a copy to the media.
Frasier also detailed the many indications that the document was forged - including his signature as seen on the document.
"Frankly, it is not even close," Frasier said.
Frasier also said that confidential informants are not identified in such court documents.
Other indications the document is a fake:
- Improper formatting for court filing
- A fictitious case number
- Spelling and grammatical errors
- References to "Detective Ron Morris," who does not exist
- References to "interview room #12," which does not exist
"Citizens seeing this document should understand it is a forgery and that it should be ignored," Frasier said.
He asked anyone with information about the perpetrators of the scam to contact the sheriff's office.