The US Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of California held a press conference announcing a “major fraud” indictment.
Eight people were charged in a statewide grandparent fraud program of involvement in a criminal enterprise that stole millions of dollars from more than 70 elderly victims in the San Diego county and across the country, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
At least 10 of the victims are from San Diego County, the US prosecutor said.
The scammers fed the victims fake stories that their grandchildren were in big trouble and needed money quickly, said acting US attorney Randy Grossman.
Those in attendance included Arun Rao, Deputy Assistant Attorney General, Department of Consumer Protection, Ministry of Justice; San Diego District Attorney Summer Stephan; FBI Special Agent Suzanne Turner; Oceanside Police Chief Fred Armijo; Ken Jones, Captain of the San Diego County Sheriff’s Major Crimes Division; Paul Connelly, assistant police chief of San Diego; and Roy Frank, associate director of the San Diego County Law Enforcement Coordination Center.
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