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James City County Police warn of jury duty scam targeting local school employees

A James City County Police car
(WYDaily photo/Courtesy JCCPD)

JAMES CITY — James City County Police are warning residents to be aware of a jury duty scam circulating in the area.

Three people, all employees of local elementary schools, reported Tuesday that they received phone messages from someone posing as a Williamsburg-James City County Sheriff’s Office deputy, police spokeswoman Stephanie Williams said.

Williams said the man called the schools where the employees work and left messages with staff saying the employee did not show up for jury duty. The man used the name of a real deputy who works at the Williamsburg-James City County courthouse.

Upon calling the man back, he told the employees they have two outstanding fines for contempt of court and failure to appear, each carrying a $500 fine.

The man instructed the employees to get $500 in cash and meet him in the sheriff’s office parking lot at the courthouse to pay their fines, Williams said.

None of the school employees met the man or paid him money.

“The court and police will not request payment in lieu of arrest,” Williams said.

Sarah Fearing
Sarah Fearing
Sarah Fearing is the Assistant Editor at WYDaily. Sarah was born in the state of Maine, grew up along the coast, and attended college at the University of Maine at Orono. Sarah left Maine in October 2015 when she was offered a job at a newspaper in West Point, Va. Courts, crime, public safety and civil rights are among Sarah’s favorite topics to cover. She currently covers those topics in Williamsburg, James City County and York County. Sarah has been recognized by other news organizations, state agencies and civic groups for her coverage of a failing fire-rescue system, an aging agriculture industry and lack of oversight in horse rescue groups. In her free time, Sarah enjoys lazing around with her two cats, Salazar and Ruth, drinking copious amounts of coffee and driving places in her white truck.

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