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      Toledo couple accused of setting up phone-sex scam

      Tonya Blaze

      TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) - A federal indictment in Ohio accuses a couple of setting up a phone scam through a dating service and extorting money from at least seven people around the country.

      Investigators say the couple received more than $10,000 from people in several states.

      Authorities say they convinced people that they had left sexually explicit messages or photos on their 11-year-old son's cell phone and then demanded money in exchange for not going to police.

      Charged with extortion are Kevin Zunk and Tonya Blaze, both of Toledo. Both made an initial court appearance Wednesday.

      An attorney for Zunk declined to comment. Court records don't show whether Blaze has an attorney.

      Investigators say the pair used a dating service to connect with the victims and then gave them another phone number where they could send the messages and photos.

      (Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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