Bay County Sheriff Frank McKeithen announces an ongoing scheme to defraud in the Panama City area.

Employees at two beach business have been contacted by a man, who in one instance identified himself as Pensacola police officer Mark Randolph and in the other case said he was a bail bondsman named Steven Shephard.

The male told employees of the businesses that a co-worker of theirs had been arrested and they needed to wire $400.00 to post bail.

The employees followed the instructions given by the man, only to discover that the co-worker had not been arrested.

Investigators are currently working to identify a suspect in this case.

It has been confirmed that there is no officer named Mark Randolph in Pensacola.

The Sheriff’s Office is requesting that everyone be aware of this recent scheme.

If you feel you have been contacted by this person, please contact the Bay County Sheriff’s Office at 747-4700, ext 2600.

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