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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  • by Samantha Location: Jackson on Aug 5, 2009 at 01:32 PM
    I know the couple that where doing this scam and I feel very very sorry for the elderly that they took advantage of. Sorry to say that there mother's have to look at them and know that they where doing such damage to these people.I hope that they get what is coming to them and that the people that they scammed are okay..
  • by Al Location: Jackson on Aug 4, 2009 at 07:35 PM
    Heres another one of grannies early releases from prisons god help all as its just going to get worse.He just got out in Jan. Of this year.
  • by Vanessa Location: Williamston on Aug 4, 2009 at 04:22 PM
    That happens a lot in williamston with renters.
  • by sandy Location: jackson on Aug 4, 2009 at 03:38 PM
    What a smart Granny for getting these two scums off the street, good job and I hope if I ever live to be 90 that I will be as smart as this Granny is.
  • by ed Location: lansing on Aug 4, 2009 at 03:37 PM
    My hero is the 90 year young lady who called the police. I hope they throw the book at those low lifes !
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