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Police in San Marcos, Texas, arrested four people and charged them with deceptive trade practices for allegedly trying to scare residents into buying water filters. The Express-News reported that the suspects allegedly told residents that their water was contaminated and should buy a filter.
Those arrested spanned from ages 17-21. The two men and two women received a Class A misdemeanor and were booked at the Hays County Jail.
Terry Nichols told the Express-News that police responded to a call reporting that people were going door-to-door claiming to be from the water department. The suspects told residents there was a chemical spill and their water might not be safe to drink.
The four suspects were employed by Aquavita, a company that sells water filtration systems. Nichols explained that residents should be aware that San Marcos utility workers wear uniforms, carry ID and drive marked vehicles.