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Elaborate California Parole Violator Sting Nabs 150

About 150 California parole violators recently learned the hard way that “if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.”

California corrections officials set up an elaborate scheme targeting 2,700 of the state’s 14,000 parole violators, by sending letters to their relatives offering an attractive offer: Turn yourself in on Saturday, May 15, 2010, and you’ll receive a $200 reward and qualify for an amnesty program. The sting had its own website and e-mail account to convince the leery.

The 150 or so who showed up in Oakland, California to collect their reward were sadly disappointed when they heard another famous saying: “Do not collect $200. Go directly to jail.”

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