On Friday, January 27, an eighty-eight (88) year-old township resident reported receiving a phone call from a “Shawn Merryman” who advised the victim that she won the Mega-Millions lottery prize of $5.1 million dollars. To claim her prize, however, Mr. Merryman instructed the victim to mail a check to a “Donald Clark” at an address in Pennsylvania, which the victim did. A short time later, the victim was contacted by a “Kathleen Parker” who advised that she was from the “Federal Trade Commission Government.”
“Ms. Parker” advised that she needed $8,000 in cash. On Monday, January 23, “Ms. Parker” arrived at the victim’s residence and retrieved the $8,000 in cash. The victim was then contacted by a “Michael Roth” who claimed that he worked for UPS and was attempting to deliver the victim’s winning package but that he needed a cashier’s check for $10,000. On Thursday, January 26, a “Jorge Alcoer” arrived at the victim’s residence and, not only obtained the cashier’s check, but also convinced the victim to provide him with $1,000 “spending cash.”
“Mr. Alcoer” then apparently flew to Oceanside, CA where he attempted to cash the check. The manager of the check cashing establishment became suspicious, however, and contacted the San Diego Sheriff’s Department, San Marcos Precinct, which ultimately arrested a man who identified himself as Jorge Alcocer, age 49, of San Marcos, CA. Clinton Township detectives are conducting a follow-up investigation and additional charges may be filed. The victim reported a total loss of $20,000.