GVPD looks for suspects in 'email misrepresentation'

By Anya Zentmeyer | 3/21/13 12:28pm


The Grand Valley Police Department are currently investigating fraudulent email communications at Grand Valley State University – what Capt. Brandon DeHaan, assistant director of the Grand Valley Police Department called an “email misrepresentation.”

“Individuals are representing themselves as faculty staff and administrators of the university,” DeHaan said. “Suspects are identifying to specific individuals to set up certain meetings that they don’t make, or to cancel classes.”

DeHaan said though he does not think any of the attempts made by the suspect or suspects to cancel classes have not been successful to the best of his knowledge, they are following up on a number of these email misrepresentations and have written up search warrants out to telecommunication companies in reference to who made the posting.
“We’re treating this as a criminal matter,” DeHaan said. “We’re asking anyone who has engaged in this behavior to stop.”

The individual responsible for the fraudulent emails does face a potential criminal charge along with judicial sanctions through the university’s Dean’s Office.

“Whoever is responsible for this, we’re asking those individuals to come forward,” DeHaan said.

Anyone with any information is also being asked to contact GVPD at 616-331-3255.

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