An elderly Columbus couple was reportedly scammed by a man posing as a detective. The man and his accomplice entered the home of the couple and possibly made out with an undisclosed amount of money, according to NBC 4.
The couple was driving home from errands when they noticed they were being followed. Upon return to their home a man exited the gold vehicle behind them and introduced himself as a detective, briefly showing them a badge.
The man explained he was looking for a suspect that he believed was in the couple’s house. The couple allowed him to enter where he was joined with a female accomplice. The “detective” asked the elderly man for his cash stating he needed to record serial numbers.
He allegedly asked the couple to come “downtown” with him but they declined. There’s no indication as to the motive of this strange occurrence or if the detective even took the cash with him.
Fraud and theft crimes of this sort are commonly committed against the elderly. They are unfortunately seen as an “easy target” by many. In this particular story, Crime Stoppers has got involved and is on the lookout for both suspects.
Scams like this are frightening. When someone shows you a police badge you want to be able to trust that they are who they say. However, being accused of an offense like this can be equally frightening.
Scams and fraud crimes are typically committed by people who have some level of intelligence. They often see the opportunity to make some money and don’t think they will get caught. Getting busted is the furthest thing from their mind until they are cuffed and charged.
White collar crimes include bad checks, identity theft, and credit card fraud. Fixing the books at work or simply walking out with your employers merchandise is called embezzlement and is also a related charge. All of these offenses carry the potential of several years in prison.
Having a defense attorney you can trust is crucial when up against charges like these. Together we can work to ensure you get the best possible results on your day in court.