Grandparent Phone Scam
PERSON (S) INVOLVED: #1- Ramon Emilio PEGUERO-ROSARIO (18 years old)
#2- Jashua NOBOA-NIVAL (19 years old)
#3- Yeurys PEGUERO-ROSARIO (21 years old)
Ramon Peguero-Rosario Jashua Noba-Nival Yeurys Peguero-Rosario
CHARGES: Theft by Deception (F-3)
Receiving Stolen Property (F-3)
Criminal Conspiracy (F-3)
DETAILS OF INCIDENT:
On Wednesday, October 7, 2020, the Berks County Detectives Office received a complaint from a 67 year old male from California, regarding a “grandparent phone scam”.
The 67 year old VICTIM advised detectives that on Monday, October 5, 2020, he received a phone call from a male who identified himself as the VICTIM’S adult grandson. The VICTIM questioned the caller as the voice did not sound like his grandson. The male caller explained that he was in a car accident while driving to a funeral in Reading Pa.
The male caller stated that he was texting while driving and ran a stop sign, he then hit another vehicle that was occupied by a pregnant female. The male caller stated that he was arrested for causing bodily injuries to the pregnant female.
The male caller asked the grandfather not to call his parents and stated that he has a Public Defender assigned to him and the Public Defender would be contacting the grandfather.
A few minutes later a male contacted the 67 year old male and identified himself as a Public Defender. The Public Defender advised the 67 year old VICTIM that his grandson needed $6800.00 bail money for his court hearing the following day. The Public Defender requested the $6800.00 in cash as well as a clean T-shirt for his court hearing.
The 67 year old VICTIM was instructed to mail the cash and T-shirt to a Reading address. The VICTIM agreed to this request and sent the package overnight express to the Reading address.
The VICTIM also provided the Public Defender with the overnight Fed Ex tracking number.
The 67 year old VICTIM advised detectives that on Tuesday, October 6, 2020, he received another phone call from the Public Defender. The Public Defender advised the VICTIM that the baby died and now his grandson was being charged with manslaughter. The Public Defender stated that he would be receiving a phone call from his boss.
A few minutes later another male called and identified himself as a Public Defender. This second caller requested the VICTIM send another T-shirt, a COVID mask and $5000.00 in cash overnight to the same Reading address.
The 67 year old agreed to this second request and went to his bank to obtain the $5000.00 in cash. The VICTIM stated that he contacted his grandson’s parents as well as his grandson. The VICTIM stated he now realized that this was a scam and contacted the Berks County District Attorney’s Detective Unit.
On Wednesday, October 7, 2020, the VICTIM agreed to assist detectives, and in doing so he mailed an overnight package to the same Reading address. The VICTIM again provided the overnight tracking number and guaranteed delivery time to the Public Defender.
On Thursday, October 8, 2020, members of the Berks County District Attorneys Detective Unit and Reading Police, conducted an undercover operation in Reading. During this undercover operation detectives observed a vehicle approach the Reading address. This vehicle was occupied by three males.
Detectives observed one male exit the vehicle and wait by the Reading address, while the other two males parked around the corner. At approximately 8:29 AM the package was delivered, and the male took possession the package. The male was observed to leave the area and open the package up.
The three males were apprehended and taken to the Berks County District Attorney’s Detective Unit for questioning. The males identified themselves as the above named Defendants and admitted to being involved in criminal activity.
The Defendants were placed in Berks County Prison, in lieu of $250,000.00 bail.
As in every criminal case, the fact that an arrest has occurred or a complaint has been filed is merely an accusation, and the Defendants, are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.