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Stimulus checks make useful bait

August 29, 2009|Times Wire Reports

Police in a Florida city used the promise of economic stimulus checks to lure 76 people to their arrest on a variety of outstanding warrants.

The Fort Lauderdale Police Department set up "Operation Show Me the Money" to round up people wanted on charges ranging from second-degree murder to gun and drug charges to failure to pay child support.

Using the name of the fictitious "South Florida Stimulus Coalition," police mailed letters asking the suspects to call an undercover phone line and make appointments to claim their money.

When they showed up at an auditorium and presented their identification, they were led to an area where uniformed police were waiting to arrest them. The operation ended Thursday night.

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