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County warns of jury duty scam

Published: Tuesday, May 6, 2014 2:20 p.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, May 6, 2014 3:56 p.m. CDT

WOODSTOCK – The 22nd Judicial Circuit of McHenry County has received reports about attempts to use missed jury service as a means to defraud residents, the county said in a news release.

There have been two alleged victims who've said they received similar phone calls informing him or her that an arrest warrant has been issued for failure to appear for jury duty, county officials said. The caller tells the victim that he or she needs to post $500 for the bond on the warrant and that the matter should be taken care of as soon as possible to avoid jail time.

The caller then instructs the victim that the bond must be posted using an e-pay card, according to the news release.

Any person receiving such a telephone call is encouraged to report it to police.

Court Administrator Dan Wallis said a warrant is not the first step if one misses jury duty. A series of letters would come first, then a summons to appear before a judge. Any correspondence is written, and would originate from the McHenry County Jury Commission Office at 2200 N. Seminary Ave. in Woodstock.

For information, call the Jury Commission Office at 815-334-4390.

– Northwest Herald

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