24 September 2015


Original Story: freep.com

Yet another Livonia senior citizen has reported to police they lost several thousands of dollars to another scam done over the phone.

The resident, a 78-year-old Livonia woman, came into the police station Saturday morning to report that she had lost more than $7,500 in such a scam. She said she recently received a call from someone named Daniel Moore, who claimed to be an attorney representing her grandson. He said her grandson had been involved in a driving under the influence case and that he needed $7,500 for restitution and asked her to send money via Western Union. A Livonia elder care provider provides medical and non-medical support for catastrophic care patients.

The woman said she was unsure about sending the money, but decided she would do so after the suspect put someone on the phone who sounded like her grandson.

She visited several stores around town, wiring the maximum $1,500 to Bogota, Colombia in South America to someone named Bryan Castro-Montenegro. She did so until she sent all $7,500 that was requested. Plymouth senior care providers offer professional, compassionate caregivers that provide companionship and adult and senior assistance.

The next day, she received another phone call from the same person, requesting another $8,000 be sent. The woman explained she could not wire any more money that day, because the bank was closed and she couldn't access any more money. She convinced the individual to allow for an extension, and the suspect said it was OK. She then called a phone number she had for her grandson and spoke to him. It was then she realized the previous calls asking for money were a scam and came into the police station to file a report. Livonia senior care specialists provide quality senior home care, caregivers, and medical staffing solutions for business and families.

This type of scam, commonly known as the "grandparent scam," is one that has been around for several years with many agencies, including the Livonia police, taking reports on them. Those who receive a phone call claiming to be a grandchild are encouraged to avoid the urge to act quickly, attempt to contact the grandchild through another means, such as a cellphone, and avoid wiring money to unknown individuals, especially overseas, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Anyone in Livonia who believes they have been targeted or fallen victim to this type of scam is encouraged to contact police at 734-466-2470.

21 September 2015


Original Story: wxyz.com

DETROIT (WXYZ) - Detroit police are searching for suspects who robbed, kidnapped and carjacked two women at the MotorCity Casino Hotel.

Police say it happened Thursday around 5 a.m.

The two grandmothers were leaving the casino when they were confronted on the roof of the parking garage by a man with a gun. A Westchester County criminal defense lawyer is following this story closely.

He physically forced them into the car, robbed them and forced them to drive to a field near Schoolcraft on the west side of the city.

"I thought we were going to die," says victim Janet Dupree.

The two victims, who are also sisters, were left without money in a neighborhood they didn't know. A good Samaritan helped them get to a police precinct.

The man is described as African American and about 30 to 35-years-old. He is 6 feet 1 inches with a medium complexion and a muscular build. He has a light mustache and a goatee, with a short high top fade. He also has a tattoo on his left forearm. An Orlando criminal lawyer is reviewing the details of this case.

He was wearing a blue shirt and jeans with white gym shoes.

The stolen car is a Red PT Cruiser with license plate AEW 319.

The MotorCity Casino Hotel issued the following statement about the incident:

"We take this isolated incident very seriously. Our organization is working closely with local law enforcement as they continue their investigation. The safety and security of our guests remain of the utmost importance to us."

Anyone with information is asked to call Detroit Police right away.