CASE OF THE WEEK - SET Detectives Solve Out of State Green Dot Scam
Post Date:04/21/2017 9:00 AM
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On April 11, 2017, Public Safety Dispatchers received a call from an adult male who resides in Oklahoma regarding fraudulent activity against his 87-year old grandmother. The victim received a phone call stating that her grandson, who lives in Michigan, was in jail and $25,000 was needed to bail him out. The victim was instructed to obtain Green Dot gift certificates and provide the account numbers. As instructed, the victim followed the callers instructions.
Another suspect contacted the victim and requested an additional $7,000 in cash to be sent via the United States Postal Service to a FexEd location in Santa Clara. Coincidentally, after the victim followed the suspects instructions her grandson called her. The grandson contacted law enforcement professionals in Oklahoma without success. A Postal Inspector in Oklahoma helped by flagging the package. The grandson then called SCPD and was put into contact with the Special Enforcement Team (SET).
SET made contact with employees at the FedEx store. The package had not been picked up. SET waited until the suspect showed to pick up the package and made contact. It was quickly determined the suspect was using a fake identification to pick up the cash. The suspect was arrested and his car searched. A search of the vehicle yielded additional fake identification cards and more cash deposits from various banks. Since this investigation crosses state lines, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has gotten involved in the investigation.
DHS took custody of the suspect and he will be tried Federally. The $7,000 was returned to the victim, however the $25,000 could not be recovered.
Federal agents booked the suspect; no photo available