Of­fi­cials is­sue warn­ing about jury duty scam

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - NORTHWEST ARKANSAS - STAFF RE­PORT

BEN­TONVILLE — Ben­ton County of­fi­cials are warn­ing the pub­lic about a jury duty scam.

The Cir­cuit Clerk’s Of­fice re­ceived tele­phone calls Wed­nes­day from peo­ple who re­ported they had re­ceived calls that claimed they did not show up for jury ser­vice and that a war­rant for their ar­rest had been is­sued, Kathy Cartwright with the Cir­cuit Clerk’s Of­fice said.

The calls claim peo­ple owe a fine and a Sher­iff’s Of­fice deputy would col­lect the money, Cartwright said. One per­son re­ported be­ing told the fine was $2,000, Cartwright said.

Chan­ning Barker, com­mu­ni­ca­tions di­rec­tor for Ben­ton County, said the tele­phone calls are not as­so­ci­ated with the Cir­cuit Clerk’s Of­fice or the Sher­iff’s Of­fice. She said nei­ther of­fice would con­tact a ju­ror and re­quest money.

“The courts do not send sher­iff’s deputies at any time to pick up money for a fine,” Cartwright said.

Barker urged any­one who re­ceives the calls to con­tact the Cir­cuit Clerk’s Of­fice at 479-271-1015 or Sher­iff’s Of­fice at 479-271-1011.

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