Woman Accused of Hundreds of False 911 Calls Gets Jail

The calls, made over the past two years, included 220 non-emergency requests between January and September

By Jonathan Lloyd
|  Tuesday, Dec 24, 2013  |  Updated 12:00 PM EDT
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A woman accused of making more than 400 non-emergency 911 calls -- sometimes calling six times per day -- during the past two years was convicted Monday of making a false emergency report and other charges.

Linette Young, 43, allegedly made the hundreds of false 911 reports since January 2011. The calls included 220 requests for paramedic assistance between January and September 2013, according to the Los Angeles City Attorney's office.

Young was convicted on 12 counts of annoying or harassing 911 calls and 13 counts of making a false emergency report. She was sentenced to three years probation, 180 days in jail and mandatory psychological counseling, according to the city attorney's office.

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She also was ordered to have no contact with the Los Angeles Fire Department and stop using the emergency 911 service for non-emergencies.

Young sought medical aid at a West Slauson Avenue fire station, but firefighter-paramedics who treated Young determined she had no medical issues, according to the city attorney. A restitution hearing at which the costs to the city will be determined is scheduled for February.

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The call resulted in multiple emergency responses.

"This conviction is part of our work to ensure that the public's lifeline is not abused," said LA City Attorney Mike Feuer.

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KPCC obtained one of the phone calls used as evidence in the case (audio posted below). The caller can be heard complaining about a medical issue and lack of response before telling the dispatcher to cancel the request for service.
 

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