The purpose of the Guilford County Sheriff’s Department is to protect and serve the people of Guilford County and make sure that laws are upheld.

However, recently department investigators looked into the actions of one officer working for the department suspected of fraud – and now that officer is no longer employed there.

On Tuesday, Jan. 23, the Sheriff’s Department reported that just before Christmas – on Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2023 – the Guilford County Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes Investigative Unit began looking into suspected fraudulent actions by a detention officer.

As a result of that investigation, former Guilford County Detention Officer Brandon Tyrese Richardson was charged with one count of “Obtaining Property by False Pretense.”

According to the report,  he’s no longer employed by the Guilford County Sheriff’s Department.

The report also states that Richardson had turned himself in, was served with his criminal charge, and has been released by a magistrate on a Written Promise to Appear.

The Department didn’t provide any details of the crime.

When asked about the specific nature of the charge, Sheriff’s Department Public Information Officer Bria Evans said that the department isn’t revealing details of the charge at this time.

“There is no other information we are giving out now since it is a criminal matter under investigation,” she told the Rhino Times.

One example of the crime of obtaining property through false pretense would be to, say, take an item that’s known to be stolen to a pawn shop and pretend to be the be rightful owner in order to get cash for it.

Though Richardson is no longer with the department, the investigation is ongoing and the Sheriff’s Department is asking anyone with information regarding the incident to contact Detective J. Allen at 336-641- 2799 or call Guilford County Crime Stoppers at 336-373-1000.

Calls to Crime Stoppers are anonymous.