33-year-old ar­rested in NCSO phone scam

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An ar­rest has been made in con­nec­tion with a July tele­phone scam in which a man claim­ing to be a deputy was con­tact­ing New­ton County cit­i­zens and telling them they had been caught on cam­era speed­ing and needed to pay a fine.

Rasheen Jones, 33, was ar­rested Tues­day with­out in­ci­dent.

The fraud­u­lent fine was typ­i­cally a few hun­dred dollars, au­thor­i­ties said, and cit­i­zens con­tacted were ad­vised to put the money on a Green Dot pre­paid debit card, and the male would call back to get the ac­count num­ber off the card.

Af­ter learn­ing that one vic­tim did pur­chase the Green Dot and give ac­count in­for­ma­tion to the caller, The Crim­i­nal In­ves­ti­ga­tion Di­vi­sion of the New­ton County Sher­iff’s Of­fice was able to de­ter- mine that the money from the Green Dot card was in turn trans­ferred to a Rush pre­paid debit card reg­is­tered in Jones’ name.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors were able to ob­tain video ev­i­dence of Jones us­ing the Rush card at a Wal­mart in Union City.

The case re­mains ac­tive.

Jones

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