Con artists scam elderly woman out of nearly $35,000
POSTED: Friday, May 4, 2012 - 3:30pm
UPDATED: Friday, May 4, 2012 - 3:34pm
BATON ROUGE, LA — On April 12, 2012, East Baton Rouge Sheriff Office Detectives received a complaint from a 71 year old female that stated she was the victim of a scam which resulted in her losing $19,500 in cash.
The victim stated she was at Home Depot located at 8181 Airline Hwy., and was approached by an unknown black male who sought directions. As she spoke with him, he introduced her to another black male in the parking lot.
They somehow convinced her to withdraw $19,500 out of her bank account and give it to one of them. The money was then placed in a brown bag in the trunk of the victim’s car for “safe keeping.” The money in the bag was later discovered to be newspaper clippings, and the two men left with the victim’s money.
The two men are described as: 1) Tall between 6’1” to 6’-3”, medium build, about 180 lbs., no teeth, dark complexion, approx., 50 years old, wearing a baseball cap, a suit, and tie. 2) Dark complexion, 5’-6”, 150-160 lbs., balding on top, middle 50 years of age, wore tee-shirt, possibly blue in color.
On May 03, 2012, the same subject as above reported to EBRSO Detectives that she had been victimized again. This time she said she was backing her car out of her driveway in Baker. As she approached a nearby stop sign a white male exited an Impala that had stopped behind her and ran up to her driver side window. He displayed an oval shaped gold colored badge and told her she was under arrest for her part in a scam involving counterfeit money.
The man said that the two black men she had been involved with at the Home Depot had been arrested and that the money she gave them was counterfeit and that the money she withdrew from her bank was counterfeit. In addition, an employee at her bank was the one providing the counterfeit money.
The alleged cop said he needed her assistance and asked her to go back to her bank and withdraw more money to help with his counterfeit money investigation.
The victim complied and withdrew $15,000 cash from her account and gave it to the white male. She observed that there was a black female driving the Impala.
The white male took a marker, ran it across one of the bills, declared it to be counterfeit and told the victim she could leave and would be contacted by the police.
The two con-artist are described as: 1) W/M, late 50’s to early 60’s, slim build, 5’6’ to 5’7”, 140 lbs., grey hair, curly at the neck, well spoken, and knowledgeable of police procedures. 2) B/F, late 40’s to early 50’s, 5’6”, 140 lbs., wore a black wig, no disguisable features.
Anyone with information regarding these subjects’ whereabouts is asked to contact the East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office at (225) 389-5000. Crime Stoppers is also offering a cash reward for anyone with information leading to their arrest. Contact Crime Stoppers anonymously at (225) 344-STOP (7867).