Fake deputy threatens north side family with jail time

Several families in a north Indianapolis neighborhood got the scare of their lives when a man on the telephone threatened them with jail time.

The caller claimed to be a court deputy with warrants for their arrests after they failed to show up for jury duty.

"I was shaking, my blood pressure went up," said Jane Fields.

The threats left Jane an emotional wreck.

The caller told her she could avoid arrest by paying a huge fine. He instructed her to go to the nearby Kroger store to purchase a Green Dot money card. He gave her the name of Lt. Greg Allen along with a fake badge number. She eventually gave him her cell phone number because he wanted to keep her on the phone until she retrieved the money.

"He wanted to make sure he was on the phone with me while I drove to the bank and got the $3,000," said Fields, "The fine was $1,500 a piece for each of us, my husband and myself."

Names of registered voters are pulled for jury pools. Then, defense attorneys and prosecutors choose from the pool to fill these seats for jury trials. In some counties, candidates for jury duty are notified by post card and some courts use electronic voicemails for updates and daily jury pool confirmations.

"He made a believer out of you for a minute," said Denver Cain. The same man called his home a couple hours later.

"The fine was $2,000 each and I was supposed to go to Kroger and get a green card and meet him apparently to pay these fines," said Cain.

David Clark is another neighbor who got the call at his residence. The so-called deputy threatened his mother with jail time unless she paid the fines.

"The guy said, 'You need to understand that you are going to go to jail if you don't pay this money'," said Clark.

The victims learned the same day that calls were made to families throughout their north Indianapolis subdivision. They are not sure how he obtained everyone's telephone number but they are warning people.

Jane Fields said, "You get this call about jury duty, just hang up because it's a scam."

Although the fake deputy was asking for thousands of dollars in fines, Eyewitness News did some digging and it turns out the punishment for missing jury duty is a maximum of $100, three days in the county jail or both. Either way you will never get a telephone call from a deputy asking you to purchase a money card to satisfy a fine of any kind.