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Man accused of making nearly 40 fake 911 calls

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Ralph Lawson (Greenville County Sheriff's Office) Ralph Lawson (Greenville County Sheriff's Office)
GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Deputies said they have arrested a Greenville man after they said he made two fake 911 calls this week and connected him to a total of 38 false calls since 2010.

Greenville County deputies said Ralph Lawson, 43, called 911 on Feb. 19 to report his wife was unconscious at their Sandra Avenue home, but when paramedics and deputies responded, they found there was no medical emergency.

While they were investigating the call, deputies said they received another call from Lawson about a church fire in Anderson County where people were trapped inside. They said that call was also unfounded.

As investigators looked into the calls, they said Lawson made 21 fake calls since Nov. 24, some of which required paramedics, firefighters and deputies to respond. Deputies said he made a total of 38 calls since July 2010.

Lawson was arrested Thursday and charged with unlawful use of 911. He was later released from jail on $3,000 bond. Deputies said he faces up to six months in jail and up to a $200 fine if convicted.

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