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Inmate's red-light camera scam from "cell" phone

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Updated: 1/27 7:51 pm
GREEN COVE SPRINGS, Fla.-- Joanne Bell, 76, is one of more than a dozen people in Clay County who got the same call.

"He said you ran a red light on Route 17 in Orange Park," Bell told Action News.

Claiming red-light cameras caught the violations, the caller demanded prepaid credit card payments from at least 13 elderly victims in Clay County, according to Clay County Sheriff Rick Beseler.

Victims all say the caller claimed to be someone named Lt. Tony Little from the Clay County Sheriff's Office. But, Beseler said there is no such lieutenant and the scam artist on the line was actually Daniel Floyd, an inmate calling from a Georgia state prison in Pelham on a cell phone he was hiding behind bars.

"A total of about $1,500 to $1,700 were paid by citizens of Clay County ... in this scheme to defraud," said Beseler.

Floyd is charged with impersonating an officer and schemes to defraud along with his girlfriend, Ashley Dean, who was helping him from outside the prison, according to investigators.

Cell phones are forbidden for inmates in Georgia State Prisons where Floyd is serving 20 years for armed robbery.

Clay County is now trying to extradite him and his girlfriend to face charges in Florida.
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