February 2, 1996
CAMDEN POINT, Missouri (CNN) -- If you called the Camden Police
Department for help last September through December, you may have gotten
a busy signal. The small town's police chief has resigned amid charges
that he made $20,000 worth of calls to a psychic hot line.
Chief Thomas J. Tobin, 35, is accused of making as many as 280 calls to
the hotline, ranging from 4 to 40 minutes.
He was arrested by sheriff's deputies January 3 and charged with
stealing by deceit which is a felony.
The town's mayor said that the calls began showing up on city hall phone
According to prosecutors, Tobin claims that two of the calls were made
on duty and about 10 of them were made "because he was having problems
in his life," an affidavit stated.
Tobin's attorney said that authorities have the wrong man and Tobin
could not be reached for comment.
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