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Trio arrested for phone scam

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Updated: 8/22/2013 12:40 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Police arrested three people in connection with a phone scam involving a non-emergency number at the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office.

Police say Tony Calhoun, Kristen Denton and Bianca Wilson, while claiming to be with law enforcement, called people to say they had a warrant out for their arrest.

The callers would then tell the victims, according to police, that they could avoid being arrested by paying a certain amount of money.

Police say the trio has not been linked to a debt collector scam that police warned about last week.

Calhoun faces charges related to organized fraud, criminal conspiracy, falsely impersonating an officer and conspiracy to violate RICO.

Denton and Wilson face charges of organized fraud. Authorities say the two worked for Calhoun.

If you have any information about the scams, call Crime Stoppers at 866-845-TIPS. You will remain anonymous and could get a cash reward of up to $3,000 if your tip leads to an arrest.
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ruthie - 8/24/2013 5:34 AM
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Sounds like one of the scams reported at Callercenter.com. I remember reading a complaint saying the scammer posed as a police officer and demanded the victim pay the loan she purportedly took some few months ago. Unfortunately for the scammer, the victim takes care of her credits and keeps track of her financial activities so she knew the caller was bluffing. She hung up, slamming the phone down. Must have broken the scammer's eardrum.

nativejax - 8/22/2013 3:20 PM
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More 'gang' tats...no surprise here., just more thugs.

wishmistress - 8/22/2013 1:38 PM
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imtellin, unfortunately, it's all too true. It never ceases to amaze me the way people can react to things. The ones who take advantage and the ones who feel guilty for everything. We (people) are all such a mess, aren't we?

imtellin - 8/22/2013 1:17 PM
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unless ya all fell off the turnip truck last night,, the po po, never call to tell ya all yer about to be arrested for any crime !!! to do so, would tip off the arrestee that he/she needs to git movin and soon... on occasion they will call once they have your where abouts surrounded, to flush out potential suspects,, but never with an implausible story that you can avoid arrest by paying money to a bank ( here's the # or credit card ).. fines are paid at the courthouse to the clerks,, or possibly bonds posted at police stations,, but never over the phone !!! were there actually people stupid enough to fall prey to this??? lord i hope not.. i read the warning the other day & laughed when tony got belligerent when someone questioned his story.. any real cop would welcome the arrest & the overtime,, he'ld simply say "see ya soon sucker"
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