(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