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Posted on: October 25, 2018

[ARCHIVED] Clerk Warns Residents: Beware of Jury Duty Fraud

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Clerk of the Circuit Court Gary M. Clemens advises Loudoun residents to be aware of jury duty fraud.

An individual claiming to be a law enforcement officer and using the name of an actual Sheriff’s deputy in

Loudoun County has called residents asking for payment of fines for failure to report for jury duty. Clemens

reports that this effort is an attempt to defraud citizens by taking advantage of their fear of potential legal

problems for skipping jury duty.

“Any citizen who receives a telephone call from someone claiming to be a local law enforcement

official requesting money for failure to appear for jury duty should refrain from submitting any payment,” said


Failure to report for jury duty will result in the citizen receiving notice from the Clerk’s Office that the

individual did not report for jury duty and the citizen will be provided with an opportunity to explain why he or

she did not report for mandatory jury duty. The only individual who will direct a citizen to pay any fines or fees

for missing jury duty will be a circuit court judge. In that situation, the citizen will receive notice in writing

from the Court and/or the Clerk of the Circuit Court that fines and/or fees are required as directed by the Court.

No local law enforcement officer will contact citizens to demand payment for missing jury duty.

Clemens suggests that Loudoun citizens collect as much information as possible about the individual

calling to demand payment for failure to report for jury duty and then contact the Sheriff’s Office to file a police

report. “Collecting sufficient information from the caller will enable local law enforcement to conduct an

investigation if necessary,” advised Clemens.

Residents of Loudoun County who believe they were a victim of this scam or of a similar scam, are

asked to contact the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office at 703-777-1021 or file a report online at

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