The Philadelphia Inquirer reportsthat soon after Patrick Giblin, a fraud offender, walked away from the Luzerne halfway house where he was concluding his sentence, at least two of his victims began receiving incessant pre-recorded calls notifying them of Giblin’s escape:
For Marilyn Tanner, who lives near Albany, N.Y., the first call from the agency came about 3:30 a.m. Saturday. A recorded message advised her that Giblin, 48, had escaped.
The recordings kept coming at all hours, sometimes minutes apart. On Tuesday, calls came at 5:27 a.m. and again 10 minutes later. Tanner estimated she received about 100 calls in less than four days.
“I can’t stop them,” Tanner said after trying several times to contact authorities.
She lost $1,000 to Giblin when he asked to borrow money for a computer while romancing her.
[…]Another victim, a single mother in North Carolina, said Tuesday that she was notified by the Prison Bureau last summer that Giblin had been transferred to Luzerne. About 2:30 a.m. Saturday, she started receiving a barrage of messages that Giblin was on the loose.
Phone alerts go out automatically to victims who have requested information about an inmate’s change in status. In 2007, Giblin’s victims were given a code to confirm receipt of the messages, which would halt them. Prison officials could not confirm how many people had received the calls about Giblin, which [Lamine N’Diayne, spokesman for the agency’s Northeast regional office,] said were programmed to go out at all hours.
“It’s a safety thing,” he said.