GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) - An investigation has failed to identify a jail inmate who made repeated calls to the cell phone of a Grand Rapids man.
Tom Chubinski received 13 phone calls over a week-and-a-half period from the Kent County Correctional Facility, he told Target 8 on Wednesday.
Jail officials checked and found that Chubinski's estimate of the number of calls was conservative. They found 43 calls between May 25 and May 31 from the jail to his number.
The calls originated from a four-man cell. Neither Chubinski nor jail staff could make out the name the inmate recorded for the outgoing call, so they have been unable to identify the persistent caller.
The jail phone system allows collect calls, which are introduced with a recording identifying it as a jail call and offering to set up an account for the inmate.
Chubinski said he tried to ignore the calls, but they didn't stop -- so he called Target 8 investigators.
Jail officials told Target 8 it is not unheard of for inmates to make random calls to try to scam money from people or simply to speak with someone on the outside.
They have blocked the jail phone system from calling Chubinski's number.
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