Canadian man gets 2 years in jail for bail money scam
HAVERHILL, Mass. (AP) — A Canadian man has been sentenced to two years in jail for scamming a Massachusetts man out of $43,000 by telling him his grandson was arrested and needed bail money.
The Eagle-Tribune (http://bit.ly/1isFmq9 ) reports that 33-year-old Sami Saloumi was found guilty last week of an attempt to receive stolen property and conspiracy charges. A judge handed down the sentence Monday.
Prosecutors say a 78-year-old Haverhill man received a call from someone posing as a San Diego police officer who told him that his grandson needed bail money after being arrested.
The victim sent several packages containing thousands of dollars in cash to a New York address. His bank then encouraged him to go to the police.
Saloumi was arrested after he tried to pick up a package in California.
Information from: Eagle Tribune (North Andover, Mass.), http://www.eagletribune.com