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Thursday, May 23, 2024

Conman bluffs 72-year-old

A 72-year-old Madison man is dumbfounded after officials say he received a phony telephone call from someone reporting to be his grandson at the Madison Police Department.

The grandfather told police the caller’s “parents” would “flip out” if he contacted them. The distraught grandfather then talked to the fictitious ‘Sgt. Richard Daley’, who described his “grandson’s” arrest as being associated with a car accident and heroin found in his vehicle.

“Sgt. Richard Daley” later told the grandfather he believed his grandson was innocent, due to successfully passing a polygraph test.

According to an MPD incident report, on Sept. 13 "Sgt. Richard Daley" continued by saying that “ten percent of the $90,000 bail money” would be required prior to his “grandson’s” release.

Following the telephone call, the elderly man proceeded to follow the instructions granted by the “sergeant.” This included withdrawing $9,000 from his bank account and sending it in a manila envelope to a Brooklyn, N.Y., address.

Several days after sending the “bail money,” the victim received a telephone call from his bona fide grandson and knew he had been scammed, according to the report.

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