'After a $166,000 scam targeting elderly people in north Alabama, authorities claim, $166,000.was recovered after $1166,000 was stolen from swindlings targeting older people,' authorities say
After cracking a scam that targeted elderly people in Madison County, authorities say they have arrested one man.
Kino Deandre Roper, 26, is currently being held in the Madison County Jail Facility on $90,000, charged with three counts of first degree theft by deception, according to Madison Sheriff Kevin Turner. Christopher Roper, 30, is also wanted on charges.
Authorities recovered $166,000 in cash in connection with the arrest, according to Turner.
Authorities in Madison County and other areas last week alerted the public to an elder abuse scam in which people received calls from someone pretending to be a lawyer asking for money for bail or legal fees. The scammer would say that a legal gag order was in place, advising the person not to contact anyone. They would occasionally call again, saying that the gag order had been broken and more money was needed.
Turner said the scammer used prepaid phones, as well as couriers or rideshare services, to coordinate the collection of the money. Investigators believe the scam involved a network of individuals who scammed people out of thousands, or even tens of millions of dollars.
We take crimes against the elderly here in Madison County extremely seriously, Turner said in a statement. These frauds have left citizens financially and emotionally devastated, and we are committed to investigating, locating, unduessing, those individuals who take part in such schemes that target and prey on our elderly. I want to personally thank the men and women who worked tirelessly to bring this individual to justice.
The Madison County Sheriffs Office was assisted by the FBI Violent Crimes Task Force, the U.S. Secret Service, Morgan and Limestone County Sheriff Offices, as well as Athens-Huntsville and Homewood police.
Anyone who believes they have been a victim of this scam is urged to report it to their local authority. More arrests are expected, according to Turner.