This is a phenomenal article. It describes how easy it was to cash in on defendant’s strange mix of greed and fear.
The targets? Defendants with violation of parole warrants. The gimmick? Coppers used a website, an e-mail account, and appointed an agent to the fictitious post of “amnesty program director. They sent 2,700 letters to relatives of parolees-at-large advertising the reward and fake amnesty program. The promise was that the people with warrants would get amnesty and $200 if they turned themselves in to authorities.
How dumb do you have to be to (1) jump parole in the first place, and (2) think that law enforcement is going to give you a break when you have violated the law. It never ceases to amaze me that people think that they can do whatever they want and pay no consequences for it.
Here is the link: Calif. agents use award ruse to reel in fugitives – KansasCity.com.