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Sheriff: Inmate, Correctional Officer Charged in 12-State Phone Scam

The Bergen County Sheriff's Office says it has charged the duo from a Georgia Prison with targeting Bergen residents, and people from 11 other states, in a phone scam that told victims they had to pay a fine or face jail time for skipping jury duty.

Credit: Bergen County Sheriff's Office.
Credit: Bergen County Sheriff's Office.

An inmate and a corrections officer from a Georgia prison have been charged with operating a phone scam that targeted Bergen County residents and people in 11 other states across the US, the Bergen County Sheriff Michael Saudino announced in a release Monday morning.

According to the release, the Sheriff’s Office began investigating reports of scam calls from residents throughout the county who claimed someone using a prepaid cell phone with a 201 area code called requesting payment of a fine in lieu of being arrested for either missing jury duty or for an outstanding warrant.

Investigators from the county and Hackensack worked with authorities in Georgia to trace the calls to a state correctional facility in southern Georgia, authorities said.

Clarinda K. Carter, a Correctional Officer at Wheeler State Correctional Facility in Alamo, Georgia, and Covian J. Camp, an inmate incarcerated at Autry State Prison in Pelham, Georgia, were arrested in connection with the scams, Saudino said in the release.

The two were charged with two counts of theft by extortion, and two counts of impersonating a law enforcement officer, the Sheriff’s Office said. Carter was transferred to the Bergen County Jail, and Camp remains in the Georgia prison, the release said.

“We believe that these two suspects collaborated to target Bergen County residents,” Saudino said in the release. 

“These are the first two arrests in a nationwide scam that we believe will lead to many more arrests in the coming months.” 

The Sheriff’s Office is planning a press conference Tuesday to discuss the scam and the arrests.  

Anyone who believes they may also have been exposed to this or a similar type fraud is asked to contact either the Bergen County Sheriff’s Office at 201-646-2222, www.bergentip.com, or a local police department. 

california May 20, 2014 at 09:04 AM
Seems like victoria has her big ol' blinders from life on. Apparently facts and black and white isn't easy enough for her to comprehend. That means u n d e r s t a n d, victoria. The facts dont change simply because you think its racist to see f a c t s. Victoria+people like her=the demise of our society.
Sal Anthony May 20, 2014 at 07:10 PM
Typical
shakemdown May 22, 2014 at 02:48 AM
some people just have stupid written all over them, and this chick is a perfect example, she goes from being a officer to being a inmate in a blink of an eye.
Matthew Minthorn May 24, 2014 at 03:51 PM
I hope they get life in jail!
Dame Bridgid May 28, 2014 at 03:48 AM
Stupid is a mild description,shakemdown. She just did the equivalent of a nosedive into an empty swimming pool! A classic case of letting your greed or gonads lead you into disaster.

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