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Charges filed against Germantown man for impersonating a Police Officer | By Lt. of Detectives Tim Kemps

December 26, 2023 – Washington Co., WI – A 35-year-old Germantown man was charged in Washington County Circuit Court on Tuesday with attempting to trick and extort victims into sending explicit photographs by posing as a Washington County sheriff deputy and a local attorney.
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Daniel Anderson now faces several charges including extortion, impersonating a police officer, ID Theft, and disorderly conduct. Anderson was arrested on December 22, 2023, by Washington County Sheriff’s Office investigators after nearly a month and a half-long investigation.

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The investigation started after one victim came forward and reported contact by someone via text messages claiming to be a deputy. The individual offered to help her rid legal charges the victim was facing in exchange for explicit photos and sex acts.
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Anderson allegedly told the victim he could purge the pending criminal charges from the computer system in exchange for her cooperation. Investigators subsequently took over communication with Anderson, posing as the victim, while they worked to identify the suspect who had sent a photograph to undercover investigators of what he claimed to be himself in uniform.
During the initial investigation, it was learned Anderson had also contacted other victims. In one case, Anderson allegedly attempted to obtain photos from another victim by posing to be her husband’s divorce attorney.
As the investigation progressed it was determined Anderson was a tow driver for Homer’s Towing, and he had identified two victims from towing their vehicles after law enforcement requested tow services.
In both cases, Anderson contacted the victims shortly after towing their vehicles. Washington County investigators worked in conjunction with the Homer’s Towing service on this investigation. The towing service has been fully cooperative and has always been a terrific partner with public safety agencies throughout Washington County. We look forward to continuing our work together in the future.
Washington County Sheriff Martin Schulteis said, “this case is particularly concerning because the suspect betrayed our communities trust by using his position as a tow driver to manipulate vulnerable victims. Tow drivers are critical public safety partners, and he took advantage of that relationship. I want to thank Homer’s Towing for terminating the suspect’s employment shortly after their notification of the arrest.”
No other victims have been identified at this time however if you had your car towed by Homer’s Towing and received suspicious text messages shortly afterward, the Washington County Sheriff’s Office would like to hear from you; contact [email protected] or call (262) 335-4846.
According to the directive of the Wisconsin Supreme Court, as found in Supreme Court Rule 20:3.6, Trial Publicity, a charge is merely an accusation, and a defendant is presumed innocent until, and unless, proven guilty.
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***Homers Towing issued the following statement in conjunction with the Washington County Sheriff’s Office****:
December 26th, 2023
HOMER’S TOWING & SERVICE
HTS
11412 W Brown Deer Rd.
Milwaukee, WI 53224
2680 Mayfield Way
Richfield, WI 53076
414-355-4001
The Washington County’s Sheriff Office alerted Homer’s Towing & Service Inc. to alleged incidents where an employee violated the trust placed in Homer’s Towing & Service. That individual is no longer employed with Homer’s Towing. We are fully cooperating with the Washington County’s Sheriff’s office regarding any investigation.
Homer’s Towing has zero tolerance for harassment and misconduct. We trust the Washington County District Attorney’s office will pursue appropriate legal action to hold this former employee accountable.
Wendy Wendorf

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