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Washington County prosecutor launches crime prevention program

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The cases are common: Washington County residents are duped into identity theft scams, victimized in fraud schemes or preyed upon in cyber crimes.


Washington County Attorney Pete Orput said successful local prosecution of those crimes is not a slam dunk, however, because in some cases the perpetrators are outside county prosecutors' jurisdiction, part of a national or even global scam and can be hard to track down.

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Scott Wente
Scott Wente has been editor at the South Washington County Bulletin since 2011. He worked as a reporter at other Forum Communications newspapers from 2003 to 2011. He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-River Falls.
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