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Trio arrested for allegedly scamming senior out of home

COHOES -- Police in Cohoes arrested three people indicted by an Albany County Grand Jury on charges that they scammed a senior citizen out of the deed to her home.

Delia Price, 68, Lauran Parker, 74, and Michael O'Brien, 43, were arrested after a 2-month investigation. Authorities say the city treasurer alerted detectives to possible irregularities involving a property owned by an elderly Cohoes resident.

They received a call from someone pretending to be a family member of the victim's during the course of the conversation he realized he knew the victim and that party doesn't have any children or grandchildren, said Det. Jason Johnston with the Cohoes Police Department.

Johnston said the three suspects conspired to take advantage of the woman and trick her into signing over her longtime family home to Price and Parker. According to authorities, the pair worked as aides to the victim and used that relationship to gain her trust. 

Both women are facing grand larceny charges. All three defendants are charged with conspiracy.

With a little homework you can draw a deed and have someone sign it, but a deed has to be acknowledged which means there's going to be a notary sitting there watch the signature and if that notary is not ethical then theres another person on the list to watch out for, said Real Estate Lawyer Ed Haddard. The elderly, they have no defense. They have no defense and with the foreclosures at least the courts are standing in. The courts dont see it when the scammers are doing the other thing.
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