Pay phone scam rings up 18-month prison sentence for Friendswood man

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Just as coin-operated pay phones began nearing the brink of extinction in the early days of the 21st century, David Grudzinski landed on what seemed like an ingenious way to keep himself solvent. The Friendswood man owned at least 450 pay phones in the Houston area and he would absolutely turn a profit if it worked. From his home office, he set up a system for the phones to place periodic automated calls to toll-free numbers for state and federal agencies and private businesses. He then signed up for a service that would collect the 49.4 cents in “dial-around” reimbursements for each of ro...

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