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Federal investigators say they break up ring using security systems to trigger false police calls


Week-long string of incidents included one in Ventura County.

Two men who live thousands of miles away are accused of using a home security camera in Ventura County to trigger a false emergency police response.

Federal prosecutors say Kya Nelson of Racine, Wisconsin and James McCarty of Charlotte, North Carolina managed to gain access to a number of Ring home security cameras nationwide. They were able to get the passwords to log into the systems.

Prosecutors say during a one-week period, the men triggered a dozen false responses, which were then shown live on the internet through the cameras. Investigators say the two men even taunted arriving officers and residents via the Ring devices.

A federal grand jury indicted the men on a series of charges stemming from the November incidents, which included one in Oxnard. They are potentially facing more than ten years in prison each if convicted of the swatting incidents. They haven’t entered pleas to the charges yet.

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral.