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Boss Fronts Bail but Worker Not in Jail

Partner in Lower Mac business is victim of scam, paying money to bail employee out of jail, police say.

So much is made today about a lack of employer-employee loyalty, but a Lower Macungie businessman was scammed recently when he paid money to bail a worker out of jail, police said.

The problem was, the worker wasn't in jail.

William Dennis Ouellette Jr., listed online as a managing partner of , 6268 Hamilton Blvd., received a call from a man about 11 a.m. June 29, according to . The caller told Ouellette, who lives in Blandon, Berks County, that one of his employees had been arrested and needed bail money.

The caller, who identified himself as a "law enforcement officer," said money should be sent by wire transfer to an unknown individual, police said. Ouellette sent an amount of money that was not specified by police. He soon learned that the employee had not been arrested and that the call for money was not legitimate.

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