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Two Men Arrested, Two Women Sought In 'Grandchild' Scam

Mar 09, 2017 01:37PM ● By Bill Gilman
Atty. Paul King

 (Editor's note: The following information was compiled from submissions by the Tewksbury Police Department.)

The Tewksbury Police Department is actively conducting an investigation into the two females shown and their part in picking up money involved in several “Your Grandchild is in Jail” scams.  Between the two of them, they are involved in thefts from people from all over the country in excess of $12,000.  Victims are from Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Virginia and Washington. 

Female #1:  White female with blonde hair used the name Allison Blake and a fraudulent Pennsylvania driver’s license.

Female #2:  Hispanic female with dark hair, used the name Olivia Smith and a fraudulent Ohio driver’s license.

We are asking the media and the public through social media networks to help us identify these two females.  

TWO EARLIER ARRESTS

On March 3, officers arrested Alan Feliz, 19 of 10 Campo St., 2nd Fl, Lawrence for larceny over $250 from a victim over 60 years old. 

 Feliz was arrested after an investigation was conducted into a fraudulent money transaction at the Tewksbury Wal-Mart.  TPD was able to track down Feliz after it was confirmed that the $2,275 he picked up was from a well-known, “your grandchild is in jail” scam.  The victim was 82 years old out of Tennessee. 

There are many scams like this one that people are falling victim to with many variations.  If someone calls you asking for money, call your local Police Department and check with us before you become a victim.  We have seen some of these scams even threaten the lives of loved ones and say they are being held hostage asking for money, or more recently thousands of dollars in gift cards.   

Feliz was arraigned on March 6, 2017 at Lowell District Court.    

 On March 7, officers arrested Brayan Soto, 20 of 64 Haverhill St. Apt. #1, Lawrence for larceny over $250 from a victim over 60 years old. Soto is believed to have been part of a team of grifters, working with Feliz and the two fugitive women in the "grandchild in jail" scam

The Tewksbury Police Department urges any citizens who suspect criminal activity to call the Dispatch Center @ 978-851-7373.  If you wish to remain anonymous please call the Tip Line @ 978-851-0175 or send an email to tewks_detectives@tewksbury-ma.gov  

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