The Bay County Police in the state of Florida has apprehended a 35-year-old Jamaican man by the name of Richard Morgan after he was alleged to have scammed a 92-year-old woman, out of US $54,000.
In Jamaican dollars, the amount scammed would be equivalent to 8.5 million dollars and according to a Facebook post made by the Bay County Sheriff’s office, the man was slapped with a charge for grand theft.
Based on what the BCSO said, their financial crime unit received a report on February 3 stating that they had picked up suspicious activity from someone by the name of Richard Morgan. According to them, the person had opened a new account then made an effort to deposit US $24,000 afterwards.
The bank officials, seeing the amount of money that Morgan was depositing, inquired about the check he was using to get the process done, however it was reported that he could not explain the fund source, only giving excuses and leaving the financial institution as soon as the Police arrived.
The story goes on to tell where the bank contacted the owner of the check, and it was discovered that the person was a 92-year-old woman who could not recollect writing the check.
It was only after investigators on the matter decided to look deeper into the situation, that they heard from the woman’s family that an unknown man contacted her, and convinced her to pay a large sum of money, to get a one million dollar winning opportunity from the Publishers Clearing House.
According to the law enforcers on the case, Morgan was said to have been hiding out at a Callaway address but was later found by the Police on February 9 when they arrested and charged him.
Morgan is also being accused of scamming the same victim of US $30,000, which he is believed to have sent to someone in Jamaica.