Morris County Sheriff Warns of more Phone Scams

A long running phone scam seeking payment for false warrants, overdue IRS payments and non-appearance for jury duty has surfaced again.  This time, the caller poses as a Sheriff’s Officer, provides a name and threatens arrest if no payment is made.  A false callback number is provided for residents to provide the pre-paid debit or Green Dot card number.

Crime Prevention Tips to Help Avoid Falling Victim to this Scam:

  • Legitimate law enforcement agencies will not tell people to provide money card information to avoid arrest.
  • Be suspicious of callers who demand immediate payment for any reason.
  • Never give out personal or financial information to anyone who emails or calls you unsolicited.
  • Never wire money, provide debt or credit card numbers or Green Dot Money Pak card numbers to someone you do not know.
  • Remember that anyone who has the number on a Green Dot Money Pak card, has access to the funds on the card.
  • If you have received a phone scam call, try to gather names, the phone number and location given, and report it to your local police.


Sheriff Gannon posed for photo in a suit.
Sheriff James M. Gannon
Morris County’s 77th Sheriff


Morris County Sheriff James M. Gannon has been appointed by Gov. Chris Christie to the Greystone Park Psychiatric Hospital Board of Trustees, as part of a complete overhaul of the state hospital’s review board.

“I take this appointment very seriously and plan to work very hard on behalf of the patients from Morris County and across North Jersey who have ended up at Greystone due to severe mental illness,’’ said Sheriff Gannon.

“Those patients – who are our family members and friends and neighbors and co-workers — count on the staff and administration of this hospital to provide the best care possible and in a most secure setting. I look forward to working with the other trustees to make sure they get the care they deserve.’’

Also appointed by the Governor to the Greystone Board of Trustees are:

  • Michele Brown of Mendham, who was Gov. Christie’s Appointments Counsel and headed the state Economic Development Authority;
  • Wayne Hasenbalg of Randolph, who is CEO of the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority and former Deputy Chief of Staff to Gov. Christie;
  • Morris Township Mayor Bruce Sisler;
  • Attorney Louis Modugno, a partner in the McElroy, Deutsch, Mulvaney & Carpenter law firm;
  • Jim DiGiulio of Chatham, who is Chief Counsel to Gov. Christie.
  • Peter Simon of Jersey City; Chief of Staff to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

Greystone, which is located in Parsippany, houses more than 500 patients in a relatively new state facility that replaced an ancient hospital campus that was constructed in the 1800s and early 1900s. There have been reports of complaints in recent months by mental health advocates and some board members about a lack of patient safety in the hospital.

Gov. Christie in December announced a contract with New Solutions, a health-consulting firm in New Brunswick, to perform an assessment of of the situation at Greystone and all state psychiatric hospitals.

Gunfire in Morris Twp. announced as Sheriff’s CrimeStoppers Crime of the Week

Video footage of 3 suspects on jersey Ave.

The Morris Township Police are currently investigating a shooting incident that occurred on Jersey Avenue in Morris Township, NJ at 11:56 p.m., on Wednesday, December 27, 2017. Shortly before midnight, witnesses reported hearing gunfire. Patrols responded to the scene, where evidence was recovered. At this time, it is unknown if anyone was injured; there were no victims at the scene and the motive of the shooting is also unknown.

Video footage of possible shooting suspects in Morris Twp.

Three males may have been involved in the incident and they may possibly be Hispanic and/or African American. A Chevy Impala was observed leaving the scene.

We are asking anyone that may have information to please contact Morris County Sheriff’s CrimeStoppers at: or 973-COP-CALL

Text 274637 using keyword “MORRISTIP”


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