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Stamford Police Say Ringleader In $500,000 Elder Scam Arrested Monday

Dew Darius McCauley
Dew Darius McCauley Photo Credit: Stamford Police Department

STAMFORD, Conn., -- A man believed to be the ringleader in which an 83-year-old Stamford man was scammed out of about $450,000 in cash turned himself into police Monday morning.

Dew Darius McCauley, 44, of 11237 Fountain Grove Dr, Charlotte, NC, is charged with first-degree larceny, second-degree money laundering and first-degree conspiracy at larceny. His bond was set at $500,000.

Stamford Police said he is also wanted by Connecticut State Police on a first-degree larceny charge. There was no information available on that charge.

Two Pennsylvania men are facing charges after they scammed a Stamford man out of more than $400,000 in a scheme they said would aid to people in a West African country.

Soko Kanneh, 27, and Justin Jusu Kennedy, 30, both of Upper Darby, Pa., were each charged with first-degree larceny and first-degree conspiracy to commit a crime. They were arrested last week in Pennsylvania and extradited to Stamford in September.

A third suspect in the case was murdered in Indiana, Stamford Police said at the time of the arrest of the two men..

This summer, the three suspects met with an elderly Stamford man and said they needed cash to buy supplies in a scheme that they said would take away the artwork and markings on cash so that it wouldn't look like money to enable them to smuggle cash into their home country, police said.

It would then be converted back into cash and used to benefit people in their country, police said. However — they told the victim — the supplies to do this were expensive and they needed help, police said.

The man agreed to help them and wired them $42,000, police said. That transaction was done in Stamford.

Additionally, the man made transactions that totaled more than $400,000 in other communities outside of Stamford and those are being investigated by other agencies, Stamford Police said.

The man eventually realized something was wrong and went to Stamford Police on Sept. 1. Police were able to develop leads to identity the suspects and asked Pennsylvania police to arrest one of the men at his home last week. When police arrived they discovered the second suspect, Stamford Police said in September.

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