- Associated Press - Friday, October 9, 2015

NEW YORK (AP) - Prosecutors say a Brooklyn man is accused of scamming an 85-year-old woman out of $8,000 by saying her daughter-in-law had been arrested and needed bail money.

Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said Emmanuel Jean-Gilles pleaded not guilty Thursday to grand larceny and possession of stolen property charges.

Authorities say the elderly woman received a phone call in July telling her that her daughter-in-law was arrested for drug possession and needed $8,000 to post bail. She was told the wire the money to Jean-Gilles’ bank account.

Authorities say a man identified himself as a police detective and told her he would call a taxi so she could wire the money. Prosecutors say surveillance video showed Jean-Gilles withdrawing it about three hours later.

Attempts to reach Jean-Gilles’ attorney Friday night were unsuccessful.

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