I read this and was appalled. Sure these guys are criminals, but how is lying to them going to EVER help further law enforcement procedures? It's unbelievable that anyone would dream up this kind of BS scam. Sure it worked this one time. But now how much harder is it going to be to get anyone to cooperate with police. There is a reason that people fear the lying Government.
This is shameful.
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SACRAMENTO, Calif. – California corrections officials dangled an attractive offer Saturday before hundreds of parolees who have become fugitives: Turn yourself in, get a $200 reward and qualify for an amnesty program.
About 150 who showed up in Oakland were sorry they did.
Instead of getting a check, they soon found themselves in handcuffs and, for most, headed back to state prison for violating their parole.
Agents set up the elaborate ruse with its own website and e-mail account. They 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.
Further Reading: http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100516/ap_ … le_sting_4
And this is the worst thing possible for trying to institute real immigration reform. The ramifications of this type of tactic are really ugly. All this will do is put more fear in the general public. Stupid, Stupid, Stupid!!!
What can we say? Decent Morals have been on the decline for quite a long time now.....
Mike? You said it worked this time? It's worked hundreds of times. almost every state has used this for the last twenty years. Some were mailed winning cruise tickets, winning TV's, the list goes on. They can't find these guys, their families say they don't know where they are, but when they win something, they pop up out of the woodwork. They've busted thousands of deadbeat dads here alone, doing the same thing. Like I said, twenty years, dude!
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