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Posted at 6:37 AM ET, 02/28/2011

Authorities allege 18,000 fake 911 calls in Calif.

By Washington Post Editors

An East Los Angeles man has been charged with making more than 18,000 crank 911 calls, according to this report:

Maurice Cruz, 43, was booked on suspicion of misusing 911 emergency lines to annoy or harass, a misdemeanor punishable by a $1,000 fine, up to six months in jail or both. He was released Friday afternoon on $5,000 bail, according to the Los Angeles County sheriff's Inmate Information Center.

Read the full story on the LA Times web site.

By Washington Post Editors  | February 28, 2011; 6:37 AM ET
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