サンディエゴの連邦大陪審は、Racketeerの影響を受けた組織と腐敗した組織の下で8人全員を陰謀で起訴することに投票しました, またはRICO, 行為. 容疑者はカリフォルニア出身です, Florida and Arizona and range in age from 23 に 73, according to a Thursday DOJ press release.
Using extortion and fraud, the suspects “induced elderly Americans across the United States to pay thousands to tens of thousands of dollars each to purportedly help their grandchild or other close family relatives,” 当局者は言った.
They allegedly made at least $ 2 million from victims who were age 70 以上, 少なくとも 10 of whom were located in San Diego County, by calling each victim and, 時には, pretending to be their grandchild or someone connected to the grandchild.
“They falsely convinced the victims that their relatives were in legal trouble and needed money to pay for bail, medical expenses for car accident victims, or to prevent additional charges from being filed,” officials continued.
フォックス・ニュース’ Jake Gibson contributed to this report.