Warrant issued for man accused of scamming elders in Morgan, Madison Counties

Published: Oct. 13, 2021 at 12:44 PM CDT
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MADISON COUNTY, Ala. (WAFF) - Update: Morgan County deputies have issued an arrest warrant for a man who is currently in the Madison County Jail in connection to a scam targeting the elderly.

The Morgan County Sheriff’s Office says they responded to a theft report at a home in Lacey’s Spring on Oct. 4. An elderly man reported that someone called posing to be his grandson, stating that he had been in a car accident and was arrested. According to deputies, another male then got on the phone claiming to be his attorney. The man claiming to be the attorney asked for $18,000 the first time and later asked for $56,000.

The individual posing as the attorney informed the victim that a courier would be coming to pick up the packages. Both packages were later picked up, according to MCSO. The elderly man was then contacted again on Oct. 5 by the “attorney” who asked for another $50,000.

“At this time, the Morgan Sheriff’s Criminal Investigations Division was alerted to the 2nd attempt at the scam and set up in the area to intercept the courier,” said deputies with the MCSO. “The courier was detained in the driveway by Investigators who learned that the male subject was an Uber driver who had been sent to collect a package.”

A search warrant was obtained for Uber Technologies to identify the suspect. The Morgan County Sheriff’s Office was contacted by the Madison County Sheriff’s Office about a similar scam happening in their area.

Kino Deandre Roper was charged with multiple felonies following the multi-agency investigation. $166,000 in cash was recovered by agencies following this incident. A second suspect in connection to the scams has been identified by deputies as 30-year-old Christopher Roper.

Morgan County investigators obtained a warrant for Kino Roper’s arrest on a $500,000 bond. Deputies say he is currently in the Madison County Jail and will eventually be arrested and face charges in Morgan County.

Statement from the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office:

This type of scam, targeting the elderly, has been seen nationwide. The perpetrators prey on the loving nature of our elderly residents as they try to assist a relative in need. We consider it an honor to serve our senior citizens and are grateful for the contribution they have made to their families and our community. I am thankful for the work of our Criminal Investigations Division in working to bring about an arrest and recovery of funds. Hopefully, this will help heal the financial and emotional devastation that comes with this type of crime

Original: The Madison County Sheriff’s Office says it has arrested a man suspected of using scams to prey on elderly victims.

Kino Deandre Roper, 26, was arrested and charged with multiple felonies on October 10th, according to the sheriff’s office. The department also says another suspect, 30-year-old Christopher Roper, is wanted in connection with these alleged scams. Roper is in the Madison County Jail on a $90,000 bond.

Madison County Sheriff Kevin Turner said these scams have hurt many citizens financially devastated.

“We take crimes against the elderly serious here in Madison County. These scams have left citizens financially and emotionally devastated and we are committed to investigating, locating, and prosecuting those individuals who take part in such schemes that target and prey on our elderly,” Turner said.

Authorities say the investigation revealed calls originating from someone claiming to be a lawyer representing a family member who is in need of money for bail or legal fees. These callers tend to be very persuasive and can sometimes tell you a legal gag order is in place and not to contact anyone else about the incident, according to the sheriff’s office. They will often request a large amount of money and say they will send you someone to your home to collect it. Investigators say that oftentimes, they will call again saying the gag order was violated and that more money is needed.

The Madison County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the FBI Violent Crimes Task Force, Secret Service, Athens Police Department, Morgan County Sheriff’s Office, Huntsville Police Department, Homewood Police Department, and the Limestone County Sheriff’s Office.

If you believe you have been a victim of this scam or a similar one, you are asked to contact your local law enforcement agency and report it.

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