Man used ruse to steal elderly victim's money

Posted at 4:55 PM, Jan 04, 2016

A Buffalo man claimed he was a disabled police officer and used the ruse to deplete the life savings of a 77-year-old woman.

The victim trusted 51-year-old Kevin Andrews when he claimed his wife and son were both facing life-threatening medical issues. Taking pity on him, the elderly woman repeatedly visited ATMs, sometimes several times a day, to give him cash.

Eventually, she depleted her life savings, fell behind in her utility bills, and was forced to borrow money to support herself.

Buffalo Police were at the victim’s home when they arrested Andrews as he demanded her last dollar.

Acting District Attorney Michael Flaherty said, “This case illustrates both the vulnerability of our senior citizens and the despicable lows to which some members of our society will stoop in order to take advantage of our elderly.”

Andrews faces up to seven years in prison when he’s sentenced as a second felony offender next month.




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