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1:59 AM Mon, Feb. 18th

Mohave County scam uses jury duty ruse

KINGMAN - Another day, another vulture tries to take advantage of innocent people - and succeeds.

The latest scam targets people through telephone calls or emails. The person poses as a member of the Mohave County Clerk's or Attorney's offices or a law enforcement agency and threatens people with arrest and prosecution for failure to comply with jury service, according to Virlynn Tinnell, the county's jury commissioner and clerk of Mohave County Superior Court.

While Mohave County residents have specifically been targeted, Tinnell said the scam is nationwide.

"The caller will state a warrant has been issued for failure to appear in court and then give the person the option of paying a fine to avoid arrest," said Tinnell in a statement.

Tinnell said the victim is given several options to pay, including by credit or debit card, or even Western Union.

For the record, no government agency anywhere would call or email someone to request payment of a fine for failure to appear for jury duty, she said.

"Typically, jurors who miss jury duty will be contacted by the clerk's office, and may, in certain circumstances, be ordered to appear in court before a judge," she said. "Any fine for failure to appear for jury duty will be imposed by a judge during an open session of court and the summoned juror will be given the opportunity to explain the failure to appear.

For more information, call the clerk's office at (928) 753-0713.