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Cops: West Hempstead man charged in senior scam

Saul Agraz Morales, 20, of West Hempstead has

Saul Agraz Morales, 20, of West Hempstead has been charged with third-degree attempted grand larceny, police said. Credit: NCPD

A West Hempstead man was arraigned Thursday on an attempted grand larceny charge after, authorities said, he tried to con an Ohio man out of $9,200 by falsely telling him that his granddaughter had been arrested and needed money to bail her out of jail.

Saul Agraz Morales, 20, was being held on $20,000 bond or $10,000 cash bail at the Nassau County jail in East Meadow after he was arraigned in First District Court in Hempstead on the charge of third-degree attempted grand larceny, court records show.

In a news release, Nassau police said Morales directed the man, 82, to send money to an address in Roosevelt on Tuesday. Morales' attorney, Timothy Aldridge of Levittown, declined to comment.

“The victim complied and sent the money,” the news release stated. “The victim became concerned and contacted the police.”

Police said they launched an investigation and arrested Morales on Wednesday after he allegedly took the package containing the money, sent by the victim to a Lee Street address in Roosevelt.

Morales is due back in court Monday, records show. 

The arrest highlights  a surge of such scams on Long Island, many targeting older people. Their prevalence, and their varied methods, have alarmed police commissioners and officials in both Nassau and Suffolk counties, prompting them to warn residents about the frauds.

With Zachary R. Dowdy

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