LA Man Busted for Making 18K Crank 911 Calls Suspect accused of harassing dispatchers with 100 calls daily By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff Posted Feb 28, 2011 4:42 AM CST 5 comments Comments The suspect used a deactivated cell phone to make the calls harder to trace. (Shutter Stock) (Newser) – Police in California say they've arrested a man who appears to have devoted most of his waking hours for six months to making crank calls to 911. Maurice Cruz, 41, is accused of making 18,000 prank calls over the period—around 100 calls a day. He was arrested by California Highway Patrol and Secret Service investigators and charged with misusing 911 emergency lines to annoy or harass, the Los Angeles Times reports. The charge is punishable by a maximum of six months in jail, a $1,000 fine, or both.