An Englewood New Jersey woman is on his way to prison in New York after he pleaded guilty to fraud charges for scamming an elderly woman out of more than $10K.
The suspect, a 58-year-old resident of Englewood, NJ, was placed under arrest for her involvement in a “found money” scam.” According to Queens prosecutors, the suspect and two other people conned the victim out of the large amount of money.
The victim is an 88-year-old woman who resides in Queens, New York. She first encountered the suspect on a sidewalk near her home. That’s when the suspect reportedly showed the victim a bag full of fake $100 bills. The suspect and her co-conspirators told the victim that they would share the cash with her if she helped them pay the taxes on it.
Two days later, the suspect drove the victim to a local bank so that the victim could withdraw $10,000. The suspect later fled without sharing any money with the victim.
Police officers were able to capture the suspect and the other people allegedly involved in the fraud scheme. When arresting the suspect, police reportedly found $10,000 in cash, wigs, and fake $100 bills inside the suspect’s motor vehicle.
The suspect faced criminal charges for third degree grand larceny and third degree criminal possession of stolen property. The suspect managed to avoid trial by reaching a plea deal with the Queens County District Attorney’s Office.
Now the Englewood NJ suspect is on her way to prison in NY after being officially sentenced. The sentence requires the suspect to serve at least two-and-a-half years in prison, with a maximum penalty of five years behind bars.
One possible factor in the harsh sentence was the suspect’s prior criminal record. She reportedly served time in a Delaware prison in 2008 for conning another senior citizen out of more than $6K in cash.
For additional information about this case, see the NJ.com article, “Woman Who Scammed $10K from Senior Gets Jail Time.”