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Wheeler prison guard accused of national phone scam

A state corrections officer at a Wheeler County prison is accused of helping an inmate run a national phone scam.

That's according to the Bergen County sheriff in New Jersey.

According to a news release, Clarinda Carter, the corrections officer at the Wheeler Correctional Facility in Alamo, was arrested two week ago.

She was charged with two counts of theft by extortion and two counts of impersonating a law enforcement officer, the sheriff says.

She waived extradition and is now in the Bergen County jail.

Also arrested, and facing the same charges, according to the sheriff, was Covian Camp, an inmate at the Autrey State Prison in Pelham, serving time on cocaine charges.

The sheriff's department claims they were calling people in Bergen County, while posing as Bergen County Sheriff's Officers, using a prepaid cell phone with a "201" area code.

They told people that they would be arrested unless they paid a fine for either missing jury duty, or for an outstanding warrant.

They allegedly told the people to provide credit card numbers and/or load money from their bank accounts onto prepaid debit cards to pay the fines.

Scammers reportedly called people in at least 11 states, according to the sheriff's office.

The Bergen sheriff, Michael Saudino, said he expects "many more" arrests in coming months.

They advise anyone who has been the victim of a phone scam to contact their local law enforcement.


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