Wis. man blames boredom for fake 911 calls

May 14, 2011 at 11:24 AM
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ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla., May 14 (UPI) -- A Wisconsin man who claims boredom caused him to make hundreds of false 911 calls to authorities across the country will get his 15 minutes of fame.

Mason Seckar, 20, of Oshkosh, Wis., will appear Monday on the TV show "Inside Edition," where it is expected he will discuss what drove him to routinely make prank calls to authorities, mostly the St. John's County, Fla., sheriff's department, since January.

No charges have been filed against Seckar, who still maintains the calls were funny, the Orlando Sentinel reported. The FBI is investigating him and has learned he used Skype to disguise his phone number. Search warrants have been executed of his home.

The newspaper reported the TV show confirming Seckar made the calls because he was "bored."

Among the false reports that led deputies astray, it was reported Seckar called 911 to say he was shot on a motorcycle, that he was in a McDonald's bathroom with his "5-year-old girlfriend" and that he wanted to become a teacher but was afraid he would molest his hypothetical, future students.

"We wasted a lot of time, valuable manpower," Sgt. Chuck Mulligan, spokesman for the St. Johns Sheriff's Department, told the newspaper.

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