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January 22, 2014

Local official: Scam seeks $500 ‘fine’ for jury duty no-show

Sedgwick County authorities are warning the public to be aware of a scam in which someone is claiming to be seeking fines from people who don’t show up for jury duty.

Sedgwick County authorities are warning the public to be aware of a scam in which someone is claiming to be seeking fines from people who don’t show up for jury duty.

On Tuesday, several people called the Sheriff’s Office saying that someone called and identified themselves as a sheriff’s warrant deputy, telling the people they owed a $500 fine for not appearing for jury duty, sheriff’s Lt. David Mattingly said Wednesday.

The Sheriff’s Office doesn’t collect such fines, Mattingly said. Anyone getting such a call shouldn’t give out personal information or pay any money, Mattingly said. “Instead, hang up and contact the Sheriff’s Office.”

Anyone who doesn’t show up for jury duty will get a “no response” letter from the court, and a judge can follow the letter with a court order, he said.

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