Krista McNallyMay 2, 2018, 2:36 pmMay 2, 2018, 4:06 pm

PD: Man from Suffolk swindled elderly woman from Kansas out of more than $15K

Abel Hernandez, 21, of Farmingdale allegedly had victim send the money to address in Lindenhurst

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LINDENHURST — Police say a Farmingdale man scammed a senior citizen who lives hundreds of miles away out of thousands of dollars. Detectives add of the money ended up being returned to the victim thanks to a quick-thinking neighbor in Lindenhurst.

According to detectives, the suspect had a package delivered to a home on North Kings Avenue that did not belong to him. Abel Hernandez, 21, walked up to the home on Saturday and asked for a package that allegedly belonged to him. The woman who answered the door thought it was suspicious and called the police.

When officers arrived, police say they found $9,900 cash in the package. They later discovered that the money belonged to a 77-year-old woman from near Kansas City, Kansas. Detectives say a person told the victim that her grandson was in jail and she had to send $6,500. She did just that and Hernandez picked up the package on April 28 from the same home, according to investigators. Police say Hernandez asked for more money after he scammed her out of the initial $6,500.

Hernandez has been arrested and police recovered more than $15,000 of the victim’s money.

Hernandez is scheduled to be arraigned at the First District Court in Central Islip Wednesday.

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