Winston-Salem police search for man accused of elder fraud
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Winston-Salem police are searching for a man accused of impersonating a police officer so he could steal money from an elderly woman.
The 81-year-old victim told police the man came to her home on Wednesday, falsely claiming to be “Detective Kennedy.”
He allegedly said he was investigating the State Employees Credit Union on New Walkertown Road due to irregularities with accounts.
The suspect allegedly told the victim her money was at risk and she needed to withdraw some and transfer it to another bank.
The victim said he called someone on his phone, saying he was calling “the chief.” She said she talked to the man on the phone who told her she should move her funds.
The victim said she drove the suspect to the State Employee Credit Union, where she withdrew her money and then went back to her home.
When they arrived at the victim’s home, the suspect allegedly told the woman his “partner” needed to check the serial numbers on the money.
Police said the victim at some point left the room and when she returned, the suspect and her money were gone.
Police said the victim did not report the alleged crime until two days later. They said the victim never saw the suspect’s “partner” or a possible suspect vehicle.
Police described the suspect as a well-dressed, well-spoken black male wearing a dark suit and tie, glasses and a dark hat.
Winston-Salem police said they would like to remind citizens that it is common for people committing these kinds of crimes to target the elderly.
Authorities said that no police officer or bank examiner would ever ask someone to withdraw money from their account.
They said anyone approached by someone in a similar situation should immediately call the police.
Anyone with any information on this suspect or his whereabouts should call the Winston Salem Police Department at 773-7700 or Crime Stoppers at 727-2800.