- Associated Press - Monday, February 24, 2014

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - The district attorney in Philadelphia says a rip-off artist pretending to be him scammed an elderly man out of $95,000.

District Attorney Seth Williams said Monday that the 47-year-old suspect began working for the World War II veteran back in 2011 by cutting his lawn then concocted a story that he was in trouble for illegally dumping grass clippings and needed money for court costs.

The scam allegedly escalated with Shelton Thomas eventually claiming to be Williams and using judges’ names to persuade the 93-year-old victim into giving him more money.

Thomas is charged with robbery, theft, extortion and impersonating a public servant and jailed on $750,000 bail.

The victim’s family couldn’t convince him he was being ripped off but Williams personally told him about the scam last week.

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