Three Colombian migrants are in custody on criminal charges for allegedly defrauding an elderly woman out of $20,000 using a counterfeit lottery ticket.
Fox News reports that on November 7, the three individuals purportedly conducted the fraud in the parking lot of Caputo’s Fresh Market located in Addison, Illinois, a Chicago suburb.
In relation to the incident, Miguel Peña-Gomez, 43, Liliana Nagles-Cuesta, 49, and Angela Posada-Acosta, 45, are all charged with larceny by deception of over $5,000 from an adult over the age of 60.
Peña-Gomez purportedly informed the victim that he possessed a lottery ticket that proved to be winning, but that he required supplementary funds in order to retrieve his recompense.
Police stated that Nagles-Cuesta then assumed the role of a bystander and offered assistance on the grounds that he spoke Spanish.
Reportedly, she orchestrated a telephone conversation with lottery authorities in which she pretended to authenticate Peña-Gomez’s ticket.
Police say that after the two individuals departed and returned to the parking lot to assist in securing the illusory lottery winnings, they coerced the woman into driving to the bank to withdraw over $20,000 in cash.
Authorities say three migrants were arrested in Crystal Lake on Thursday after being wanted for scamming an elderly woman out of over $20,000 in DuPage County. https://t.co/iGT6OjwL9p
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According to police, Pea-Gomez subsequently informed the victim that he was not feeling well and requested that the victim procure medication for him from a nearby pharmacy.
As the woman returned, the foreign national allegedly stole her money from the glove compartment and fled with it.
It is purported that Posada-Acosta, the third suspect, served as a monitor throughout the fraudulent operation.
“It is alleged that these three defendants preyed on an innocent, trusting woman with a good heart, scamming her out of more than $20,000,” DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin said in a Saturday statement about the incident.
“This is a disturbing case involving a group of con artists and their coordinated efforts to steal from someone simply trying to help them,” Addison Interim Chief of Police Roy Selvik said of the alleged scam.
Fox News reports that DuPage County authorities have finally released the migrants from custody.
The following scheduled court date is on December 11.
A convicted jury could impose prison terms ranging from three to seven years for the triumvirate.