Two scammers were arrested Saturday, June 10 in connection with a one-day scheme against a Mineola man, Nassau County police said.

Events begin Wednesday, June 7th.

Police report that 21-year-old men from Canada, Ryad Moussi and Jonathan Caton, targeted an 86-year-old Mineola man who the victim believed was in legal trouble and needed money.

The victim withdrew money from three different banks: once on Wednesday, June 7, for $9,250; the next day, $18,000; and the third day, the man withdrew another $10,000.

On the fourth day of the scam, the man went to another bank to try to withdraw money.

However, an employee at the bank realized the man had been scammed and contacted the police.

Later that day, Mursi and Caton were arrested and charged with the following:

  • Third degree grand larceny, three counts;
  • Conspiracy in the fifth degree, three counts;
  • Second-degree scheme to defraud, three counts;
  • Attempted theft in the second and third degrees; and
  • Second Degree Attempt to Defraud.

Musi received an additional conspiracy charge, while Cotton received an additional attempted conspiracy charge.

Both have been arraigned and will appear in First District Court on Wednesday, June 14.

Nassau police encourage anyone who thinks they may have been the victim of a similar scam to contact their local police department.

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