BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Two Decatur residents are accused of scamming north Alabama residents out of nearly $19,000 by phoning to say they’d missed federal jury duty and would be arrested unless they sent money immediately.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Birmingham, Alabama, says 35-year-old Teiana Marie Taylor and 42-year-old Orenthial Walker were arrested Monday in Georgia.

It says each is charged with conspiring to commit wire fraud.

The indictment alleges they’d tell victims to send money through gift cards or commercial services to an account they controlled, and would transfer it as directed by an unidentified co-conspirator.

Online court records don’t show an attorney who could speak for either.

A news release notes that federal courts mail jury summonses and never demand payment by phone or via gift cards.

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