Nassau County police arrested a Queens man on Thursday morning after he allegedly scammed a woman by having her send $12,000 to a Rockville Centre address.
Dashill Jean was charged with two counts of third-degree grand larceny and third-degree attempted grand larceny.
On May 20, an 83-year-old woman was contacted at her Ohio residence by an unknown caller, who told her that her grandson had been arrested, according to detectives. She was instructed to send $9,600 to a Maryland address, claiming it was for her grandson’s release from jail. On May 22, she received another call, police said, telling her to send an additional $6,000 to a Rockville Centre address. Two days later, a call from someone claiming to be her grandson’s lawyer told her to send $6,000 again to the same address for her grandson’s bail.
The woman got another call on May 29 from the same unknown caller telling her to send $8,900 “to expunge her grandson’s criminal record,” police said. She became concerned and called the police.
Jean, 32, of Rosedale, was arrested after police said he was seen taking the package containing the money sent by the victim.
He was scheduled to be arraigned on Friday at First District Court in Hempstead.