Jackson Couple Scams Seniors Out of Cash

By: Tiffany Teasley Email
By: Tiffany Teasley Email

It was a scheme targeting the people we call grandma and grandpa, and people con artists prey on.

"Many seniors are lonesome, and they welcome the phone ringing," said Joe Evans an organizer of Senior, Safe, Sound and Secure.

And that's exactly what police say 38-year-old Larry Hull of Jackson and his wife used to their advantage in a scheme to con seniors out of cash.

"They would call the person up and they would give them the story that they were in jail for not paying tickets, and that they needed bond money to get out," said Mike Jester of the Blackman Township Public Safety.

Police say the con artists searched the phonebook, looking for names they deemed popular among the elderly.

"And they would go page by page and pick out names that they thought could possibly be an older citizen," Jester said.

They would pose as a grandchild, but authorities say when a 90 -year- old woman got the call, she called police -- when they arrived she called up the con artists, pretending she would give them the cash.

"And an officer stayed in the apartment with her while that transaction took place, and then a 38-year-old male from Jackson was arrested," Jester said.

Larry Hull is charged with embezzlement from a vulnerable adult and being held on $250,000 bond, his wife is still waiting to be arraigned.

"We think that it's going to be in the several thousands of dollars that they've obtained from people," Jester said.

Evans volunteers at the Crouch Senior Center in Jackson, but he also educates the elderly about scams, he says the con artists are getting more elaborate each time.

"As soon as they're on top of one scam or fraud there's another one," Evans said.

If you think you've been a victim of this con, call the Blackman Township Public Safety at: 517-788-4223.

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