Warning issued on phone scam involving jury duty

Police are warning residents about a scam in which local residents have been called and told they owe a fine for missing jury duty.

A Greenwood man received a phone call Monday from a man who said he was a lieutenant with the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office. The caller told him he missed a grand jury hearing April 1, according to a report from the sheriff’s office. The members of a grand jury are selected at random and are called to meet by the prosecutor to decide if an indictment should occur.

The caller told the man he could pay a $666.45 fine or be arrested. The resident said he would drive to the sheriff’s office to pay the fine but was told he needed to buy a prepaid credit card and call back with the card information before driving to the sheriff’s office, the report said.

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