Man reports fake murder to avoid ticket

A Florida man called 911 to report a man with a gun was about to murder him in order to get out of...

A Florida man called 911 to report a man with a gun was about to murder him in order to get out of a traffic ticket and it almost worked, police say. (Fotolia - Image)

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A Florida man called 911 to report a man with a gun was about to murder him in order to get out of a traffic ticket and it almost worked, police say.

Just after Julius Lupowitz, 53, had been stopped by an officer on June 24 for speeding, two 911 calls were made where a man was asking for help because another man had a gun and "there was going to be a murder," West Melbourne Police said in a release Thursday.

After the man hung up, dispatchers traced the phone number and alerted officers Lupowitz owned the phone. Officer Ted Salem, who had pulled Lupowitz over in the traffic stop, explained Lupowitz was not in any danger beyond getting a $210 ticket for speeding.

Lupowitz faces a third-degree felony charge for misusing the 911 system. If guilty, he could be sentenced to five years in prison. He was also cited for speeding.

West Melbourne is 100 km southeast of Orlando.

 


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