According to Nassau County Police, at around 4:15 p.m. on Wednesday, May 3, a 69-year-old woman in Rockville Center received a call claiming to be her grandson.

Another person, who introduced himself as “Michael Waller,” told the woman that he was her grandson’s attorney and that he needed $17,000 in cash to release her on bail.

The woman was reportedly told that after she withdraws the cash, a courier will be sent to her home to pick it up.

The woman immediately became suspicious and called the police.

Nassau County detectives coordinated with the crooks to deliver the money to the Westbury Mall at 1610 Old Country Road.

The ensuing investigation allegedly gave way to the arrest of two Flordia men:

  • Pedro Ramon Martinez Martinez, 28, of Miami Gardens; and
  • Wayne Ibarra-Hernandez, 31, of Miami Gardens.

In addition, the investigation recovered $50,000.

Both were charged with attempted third-degree grand larceny. They are scheduled to appear in the First District Court on Thursday, May 4.

Authorities are urging the community to be vigilant when it comes to potential scams and to check on friends and family who may be more vulnerable.

They also ask anyone who may have information about the incident to call 911 or contact the Nassau County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-244-TIPS. All calls will remain anonymous.

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