7 Ohioans charged with scamming elderly residents

CIRCLEVILLE, Ohio (AP) – Attorney General Mike DeWine says seven Ohioans are charged in a scam that targeted senior citizens and allegedly involved someone impersonating DeWine.

A Ross County grand jury indicted five men and two women on charges of engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, theft from an elderly person, conspiracy and telecommunications fraud.

The suspects are from Circleville, Derby and Stoutsville. It’s not clear if they all have attorneys.

DeWine says they also impersonated lawyers and judges while stealing about $400,000 from six victims in Ross, Pickaway and Hocking counties since 2011.

Prosecutors say some victims were told a defendant was expecting money from a lawsuit and they’d get interest on their investment by helping with legal fees. Authorities say others were told they stood to inherit millions after paying fees.

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