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FBI, Sagamore Hills police arrest man after he allegedly tricked 86-year-old woman out of $7,000

Posted at 10:01 PM, Mar 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-21 22:01:55-04

SAGAMORE HILLS, Ohio — A 30-year-old man faces federal wire fraud charges after the FBI said he stole $7,000 from an 86-year-old Sagamore Hills woman.

According to the federal complaint, Oreatio Cecil Taylor called the 86-year-old Sagamore Hills woman and said her granddaughter was going to be arrested.

Taylor allegedly told the woman $7,000 was needed for bond. Police said a female was placed on the phone and began to cry and the Sagamore Hills woman believed it was her granddaughter. Taylor then allegedly traveled to the woman’s home to get the money.

Authorities said Taylor called again asking for additional money indicating the accident her granddaughter was in was worse than originally thought and her charges would now be higher.

Sagamore Hills Police Department had been made aware of the previous transaction and were contacted again by relatives of the woman.

Detectives responded to the home of the woman and observed the additional calls made to her to discuss the second monetary request, according to officials

After investigating, it was determined the money would be picked up from the home. Officers conducted surveillance and a detective remained in the home with the woman.

On Friday afternoon, according to federal documents, Sagamore Hills Police Officers observed a white Chevy Silverado with Indiana license tags approach the area. Officers observed a man exit the vehicle and walk towards the front door. Officers placed the man into custody and identified him as Taylor, a Bahamian national who had overstayed his visa by approximately five years.

Taylor made his first appearance in federal court Friday afternoon.