Bank teller notifies Windsor police about scam targeting elderly couple
(Melanie Borrelli / CTV Windsor)
A 35-year-old Windsor man is facing charges after he allegedly bilked over $11,000 from an elderly couple.
Michael Wayne Moore is facing 11 fraud-related charges.
Windsor police say it started with an agreement to fix a chimney and ended in an alleged scam that was caught by a bank teller who noticed irregular withdrawals from the victims account and notified police.
A Windsor couple, ages 74 and 76, agreed to have Moore fix their chimney on May 6, 2015 after he pitched the idea at their door.
The couple paid the man $3000 for work that never got completed, according to police.
The couple told the man that they wanted their money back and he advised them that he would pay them back in full.
Police say after the couple took him to the bank over 20 times in an attempt to get their money back.
He would go in and then exit telling the victims that the inheritance money was there, but he had an outstanding debt that need to be cleared up. Each time the debt was for something different. The victims would provide him with the cash to clear the debts in the hope that of getting their money back. In total, he was allegedly given over $8000.00
On June 22, the victim went inside the bank at Devonshire Mall and approached a teller to make an additional withdrawal. Looking at the bank records, the teller noticed numerous withdrawals on the account in May and June.
The curious teller questioned the victim, and called police, recognizing that the woman may have been victimized.
Police attended the bank and commenced an investigation. The suspect had left the victims vehicle and had fled the area. Police broadcast information in relation to the suspect.
On June 22, the suspect in the area of Tecumseh Road West and Prince Road, exiting a bell payphone. Police arrested the suspect, who is known to police, without incident.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Windsor Police at 519-255-6700 ext. 4330 Crime Stoppers anonymously at 519-258-8477 (TIPS), online at www.catchcrooks.com, orSubmit a Tip on Facebook.