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Sheriff Layton Calls In Secret Service On Scam Probe

The Marion County Sheriff's Department has called in the U.S. Secret Service to help stop a scam. 

Sheriff John Layton says crooks are calling people claiming to be high ranking sheriff's officials.  He says they're actually using their names and telling folks that they've missed jury duty and must fork over a fine to avoid arrest and jail. 

Layton says the crooks tell victims they must buy reloadable Green Dot MoneyPak debit cards and they contact them later to get the card number.  The crooks then drain the cash from the card without being detected.  Layton says one person lost $700. 

Layton says his department will never contact anyone seeking fines over the phone for failed jury service.  Anyone who gets such a call is urged to contact the Marion County Prosecutor's Office at 327-5600.  
   

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