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Memphis man charged with scamming murder victim's mother

(WMC-TV) - A Memphis man was arrested and charged with lying to a murder victim's mother.

Investigators said Jermichael Bruce claimed to be a licensed bail bondsman.  Instead, he stole $6,000 from the victim's family.

"Mister Bruce was hired by a homicide victim's mother to help locate the suspect," said Memphis Police Department spokesperson Alyssa Macon-Moore.

On September 24 of last year, Dennis Gilliam was shot and killed inside a house on Forsyth.  His mother met Bruce at the Sam's Club on Covington Pike and paid him $5,987 to help track down the man wanted for killing her son.

Police said Bruce claimed to be a licensed bail bondsmen who worked for a company called Paradigm Professional Services Incorporated.  He had Gilliam's mother sign a written contract.

A search through the Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance indicates Bruce is not a licensed bail bondsman and Paradigm Professional Services has no record of incorporation.

Police said Bruce was also using illegal blue lights on his car.

Ryan Nelson, the man wanted for killing Gilliam, was arrested and charged with murder on November 18 of last year.

"Not only was she a victim in losing a child, but she's also a victim in being scammed out of quite a bit of money," said Macon-Moore.

Bruce does not have an arrest record in Shelby County.  His bond is set at $2,500.  He is due in court Friday morning.

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