Cops: LI man arrested for attempted elder scam

Cops: LI man arrested for attempted elder scam

(Copiague, NY)-  A Copiague man was arrested on Thursday after allegedly attempting to scam a North Carolina grandma, out of money.  Officials in Suffolk County say an 80-year-old woman in North Carolina received a call on January 6th from a person claiming to be her grandson.  The caller said he was arrested on charges including DWI in a crash that injured another person and needed money for bail.  The woman was instructed to place $5,200 in a book inside a box and mail it to 385 Greenlawn Terrace in Copiague.

Authorities intercepted the package, removed the money, and the box was delivered to 385 Greenlawn Terrace. Anderson Espinal-Corona, 28, who lives at the residence, went to retrieve the package and was arrested.

Detectives charged Espinal-Corona with Attempted Grand Larceny 3rd Degree and say that the grandmother, will be getting her money back.

Anyone who is believed to be a victim of the scam is asked to contact police.

Photo: Suffolk County Police Department