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DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) - Dozens of Dallas County Constable Deputies are accused of not serving papers when they said they did and lying to judges about it.
Some 25 deputies are accused of swearing that they tried to serve eviction notices when they actually didn’t. The law requires a deputy to try three times to serve an eviction notice.
‘They can [then] go to a judge, with a sworn affidavit that they’ve made three attempts, and they can get an order for substitute service,” explained Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins.
The investigation into the alleged illegal evictions was initiated by chance. “This began with an audit of GPS data, and comparing that against other information to see if sworn peace officers were where they said they were at certain times,” explained Judge Jenkins.