Two Georgia residents were arrested Monday for their involvement in an interstate jury duty scam.
Teiana Marie Taylor, 35, and Orenthial Walker, 42, were indicted by the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama with conspiring with others to commit wire fraud with false information concerning jury duty.
According to authorities, a member of the conspiracy would call a resident of the Northern District of Alabama, falsely claim to be a federal official and claim that a judge issued an arrest warrant for the victim and then demand immediate payment in the form of gift cards or transfer moeny to an account controlled by the conspiracy. Walker and Taylor would then withdraw the money and transfer it as directed by the conspiracy.
Victims often described that the scammers sound convincing and speak authoritatively. The scammers may use accurate information about the victim. They can also use real names of court officials, federal judges and law enforcment officers to make the scam seem credible.
The maximum penalty for conspiracy to commit wire fraud carries a $250,000 fine and 20 years in prison.
Citizens who wish to verify a summons for jury duty, an contact the Northern District of Alabama's jury office. Phone call scams can be reported by contacting the FBI Birmingham Field Office.
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