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McLennan County District Clerk warns of potential jury duty scam


The District Clerk's Office of McLennan County is warning residents that a potential jury duty scam has been reported to their office.

The scam involves a person calling people in McLennan County and telling them that there is a warrant out for the person's arrest for failing to appear for jury duty.

The District Clerk's Office says a warrant can be issued for failing to appear for jury duty, but the person would have received a summons to appear for jury duty before a warrant was issued.

The office says no one from the McLennan County Sheriff's Office would collect any money or arrest someone for failing to appear for jury duty, unless they had appeared in front of a judge first.

Personal information or fine payment will not be asked from any person appearing for jury duty. Jurors are only paid by check by mail.

People are asked to call the District Clerk's Office of McLennan County at 254-757-5054 if you receive a call or question anyone calling you.

"Hopefully we can identify the people who are behind this or at least discouraging them from continuing this scam so that our citizens will not be harassed," county district clerk Karen Matkin said.

Matkin says she had two people call in to her office Friday afternoon saying they had these calls. Then another woman says she had a call as well. She says the callers told her the fine would be $2,000 for her and her husband.

Matkin says she's frustrated by the scam that usually happens in larger cities.

"This undermines the judicial system when we in fact do send out a sheriff's deputy to find someone for jury duty then that person is going to look and say are you real or not," Matkin said.

McLennan County Sheriff's chief deputy Matt Cawthon says under no circumstance would a deputy ask a person for money over the phone.

Matkin says she hopes to catch the callers or dissuade them so no more residents are harassed.

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