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Jailed man accused of false statement to Watertown police

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A man being held on six charges in the Metro-Jefferson Public Safety Building falsely reported being a crime victim, according to new charges lodged by Watertown police.

Joseph J.K. Luia, 26, was cited by police Monday with making a punishable false written statement and falsely reporting an incident. He remains a county inmate, with bail set in January and February totaling $5,500.

Police said he reported on March 23 that somebody had stolen and used his bank card. He repeated that report in a sworn statement that he signed on April 4, police said. The subsequent investigation shows his report to be untrue, police said.

He was jailed on Jan. 26 and faces charges of third-degree burglary, fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon, second-degree reckless endangerment, intimidating a witness and two counts of assault.

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