FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 19,
CONTACT: David Martinez, 201-336-3516, firstname.lastname@example.org
Bergen County Sheriff’s Office Makes
Arrests in National Phone Scam
HACKENSACK, N.J. – In March 2014, the Bergen County Sheriff’s Office
received numerous complaints from Bergen County residents in regards to a phone
scam. Individuals posing as Bergen
County Sheriff’s Officers called residents using a prepaid cell phone with a
“201” area code and told them to provide credit card numbers and/or load money
from their bank accounts onto prepaid debit cards in order to pay a fine in
lieu of being arrested for either missing jury duty, or for an outstanding
The Bergen County Sheriff’s Office initiated an investigation into these
scams which led investigators to a Georgia State Correctional Facility in
Southern Georgia. The Bergen County
Sheriff’s Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI), along with the Bergen County
Prosecutor’s Office, and Hackensack Police Department were able to identify two
conspirators, a Georgia State Correctional Officer, and an inmate from a State
Correctional Facility in Georgia as two suspects in the Bergen County Phone
Scams. After collaborating with Georgia Law Enforcement authorities, it was
determined that this phone scam which is occurring in at least 11 other states,
is being operated out of this southern Georgia State Prison.
Members of Georgia Law Enforcement have also been plagued with these
scams along with citizens of eleven other states.
The Bergen County Sheriff’s Office, with assistance from the Georgia
Department of Corrections, Gwinnett County (GA) Sheriff’s Office, and Laurens
County (GA) Sheriff’s Office, arrested two suspects; Clarinda K. Carter, a
Correctional Officer at Wheeler State Correctional Facility in Alamo, Georgia,
and Covian J. Camp, an inmate incarcerated at Autry State Prison in Pelham,
“We believe that these two suspects collaborated to target Bergen County
residents,” said Sheriff Michael Saudino.
“I applaud the Detectives in our BCI unit for their diligence and hard
work in tracking down the source of where these fraudulent calls were coming
from. These are the first two arrests in
a nationwide scam that we believe will lead to many more arrests in the coming
Clarinda Carter waived extradition, and was transferred to the Bergen
County Jail on Friday May 16th.
Covian Camp remains incarcerated at Autry State Prison from a prior
They were each charged with two counts of Theft by Extortion, a crime in
the second degree, and two counts of impersonating a Law Enforcement Officer, a
crime in the fourth degree. The Bergen County Sheriff’s Office maintains that all
individuals are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
A press conference will be held on Tuesday, May 20th at 2:00
p.m. on the steps of the Bergen County Courthouse.
The Bergen County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank the following
departments for their cooperation in this investigation:
Georgia Department of Corrections
Gwinnett County (GA) Sheriff’s Office
Laurens County (GA) Sheriff’s Office
Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office
Hackensack Police Department
Anyone who believes they may also have been exposed to this or a similar
type fraud is asked to contact either the Bergen County Sheriff’s Office at
201-646-2222, www.bergentip.com, or your local police department.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding jury duty, please refer
to the Bergen County Superior Court Jury Management Office at
www.judiciary.state.nj.us/juryreporting/bergen, or contact the jury office at
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