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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