- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 13, 2015

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Two former Georgia state prison inmates have been ordered to stand trial in western Pennsylvania on charges they phoned Pennsylvania residents and scammed six into wiring $990 each, supposedly to pay fines for missing jury duty.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (https://bit.ly/1H3eKR8 ) reports 28-year-old Taurus Thurmond, of Carrolton, Georgia, and 36-year-old Antonio Jones, of Conley, Georgia, waived their rights to a preliminary hearing Tuesday in Pittsburgh.

The Allegheny County sheriff’s office learned of the scam on Easter weekend when about 30 people called saying they’d received phone calls about fines for missing jury duty.

Investigators traced the calls to phones with the Pittsburgh region’s 412 area code and tied the phones to the suspects through the Georgia State Probation system. The suspects were arrested in Georgia in April and extradited to Pittsburgh.

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Information from: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, https://www.post-gazette.com

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