FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 15, 2018
Chief Mark DiLuzio / Captain Anthony Leardi
Bethlehem Police Department
10 East Church Street
Bethlehem, PA 18018
610.865.7150 / 610.865.7187
firstname.lastname@example.org / email@example.com
SIX ARRESTED BY BPD DETECTIVES
IN ELDERLY SCAMS
Over the past two weeks, Bethlehem Detectives have arrested (6) individuals for scamming and/or attempting to scam elderly victims out of cash totaling several thousands of dollars. These (6) individuals are only part of several ongoing investigations that BPD Detectives are working on with other law enforcement agencies along with Federal Authorities. With the arrest of two individuals last month by BPD Detectives, and these new six arrests, the total amount of cash scammed and/or attempted to be scammed is approximately $50,000.00.
On February 20, 2018, an elderly victim in Arkansas received a call about his grandson being in an accident and being arrested for DUI. The caller stated that the grandson needed $5,000.00 for bail. The victim mailed the $5,000.00 to 517 Dakotah Street in Bethlehem, Northampton County, as directed.
A few days later, the victim received another call indicating that the woman’s grandson hit a woman in a vehicular accident, the woman was pregnant and the baby died. The caller requested an additional $5,000.00 because of the seriousness of the new charges. The victim sent the cash to the address again.
On February 24, 2018, the victim received another call requesting $2,000.00 for bail. The victim, at this time, contacted the Chicot County Sheriff’s Office in Arkansas. Arkansas then contacted B.P.D. for follow-up on the case.
1-YAHAIRA DELCARMEN DIAZ age 32
213 George Street N
Pottsville, Pa. 17901
2-VINCENT ANTH SORRENTINO age28
51 J Street
Johnson, New York 13790
On March 12, 2018, an elderly victim in Texas received a call that the victim’s grandson was in an accident, he was arrested for DUI and needed $6,100.00 for bail. The victim was directed to send the cash by mail to 406 Pawnee Street, in Bethlehem, Northampton County. The elderly victim sent the cash to the address in Bethlehem.
A few days later, another $14,000.00 was requested from the victim. The caller stated that the grandson hit a pregnant female and the baby died. The victim at this time contacted the Tarrant County Sheriff’s Department who contacted B.P.D.
The Suspects arrested were identified as:
1-REYNALDO J. GARCIA-MARTINEZ age27
456 E. 137th Street D
Bronx, New York 10454
195 Nagle Ave 5
New York, New York 10034
3-GUILLERMO FANJUL age 39
3235 Grand Concourse 3 O
Bronx, New York 10468
4-CHRISTIAN P. SANTANA
111 W. Central Blvd 89
Palisade Park, New York 07650
All six of these individuals were charged by Detective Sean Molony with Criminal Conspiracy to Commit Theft by Deception (Felony) and committed to Northampton County Court pending court action. Charges are also being filed in Arkansas and Texas. Federal charges are also pending.
These scams or frauds prey on the elderly citizens in our society. If you are elderly and you receive a call like this or any call requesting cash money, please contact the Bethlehem Police Department. If your loved one is in trouble somewhere, we can verify that for you.
If you are a caregiver or family member taking care of someone elderly, and they receive a call like this, please contact the Bethlehem Police Department. Never send cash in the mail to anyone.
If you need information on scams like these two, or other scams, contact Bethlehem Detective Sean Molony or our Crime Prevention Officer at 610-865-7187. Together, let’s put these predators that prey on our elderly in a prison where they belong.
Mark DiLuzio #223
Chief of Police
Anthony Leardi #266