BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Three people, including a woman from Baltimore, are facing federal charges saying they were part of a nationwide scheme to target the elderly.
Members of the scheme said the victims’ grandchildren were in trouble.READ MORE: People In Baltimore Protest In Solidarity, Mourning Daunte Wright's Death After He Was Fatally Shot By Police During Traffic Stop In Minnesota
“In making these phone calls, these conspirators typically posed as a police officer, or a lawyer, or some other position of apparent authority,” Jonathan Lenzner, Acting US Attorney for Maryland, said. “They told the victims that their grandchild needed thousands of dollars for some urgent purpose such as bail money or legal fees.”READ MORE: Pause In Johnson & Johnson Vaccine Could Delay Maryland's Goals As Baltimore City Emerges As Potential New Hotspot
More than 70 people across the country got the phone calls and were tricked into sending $1.5 million, often in cash.MORE NEWS: Stimulus Check Update: Are You Eligible For A Plus-Up Payment?
The three defendants in this case are charged with conspiracy to commit mail fraud.