Man accused of swindling elderly victims out of over $100,000 sought

Kimberly Dole
January 24, 2020 - 11:07 am

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Police are searching for a man wanted for swindling elderly victims out of more than $100,000 in cash.​

The NYPD released a sketch and video footage of a man wanted in connection to a string of city-wide grand larcenies in Manhattan, Queens and Staten Island.

On Oct. 23, 2019, at approximately 11 a.m., a 77-year-old woman received a phone call from an unidentified man whom she believed was her nephew, that was arrested.

The man informed the victim that he needed money for bail and instructed her to go to the bank and withdraw $12,000.

He then said he was sending a courier to her Staten Island home to collect the money.

An unidentified man went to the victim's front door near Radcliff Road and Briarcliff Road, where she handed him the money inside an envelope.

On Nov. 2, 2019 at approximately 4 p.m., an 81-year-old woman received a phone call from an unidentified man whom she believed was her grandson and stated that he wanted the victim to speak to his lawyer.

A man claiming to be a lawyer for a criminal case asked for $30,600 so her grandson would not face criminal charges.

The victim agreed, and the lawyer stated he would send a courier to victim's Yorkville home to collect the money.

The unidentified man went to the victim's front door near East 87th Street and York Avenue, where she handed him the cash.

The lawyer then called a second time asking for $33,600 from the victim for rehab and medical expenses at which time she complied. The man returned to the residence and the victim relinquished the additional cash.

The third incident occurred on Nov. 8, 2019, at approximately 10 a.m., when an 81-year old man received a phone call from a man claiming he was the lawyer for the victim's grandson and needed $12,500 to be mailed to him.

 Shortly thereafter, the unidentified man stated that there was a local courier available to pick up the package from his Auburndale residence.

The man picked up package in the vicinity of Station Road and 194th Street and fled westbound on Station Road.

The victim received another phone call requesting another $12,500 to be sent via Federal Express to a Georgia location. 

The victim complied with the request.

Police released a sketch of the man who they say came to the residence.

Suspect sought

Officials urge anyone with information to call the NYPD's Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-8477.

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