The pastor of a Foxborough, Mass., church has been charged with attempting to scam four elderly people out of their Social Security checks by telling them they were lottery winners.
One of the victims is Margaret Swartz, 84, of Athens.
“He called me in March and told me I had won a bunch of money,” she said today, while in the midst of coloring Easter eggs.
She told him she only deserved money she earned.
“He said the government gives out money to people with a very good work record and I fell for it.”
The pastor told Swartz he needed her Social Security number. ...
Ranulfo Luther Raposo of the Seventh-day Adventist Church pleaded not guilty on Wednesday to charges including attempted larceny and identity fraud. He was granted $5,000 bail.Police say all the alleged victims are in their 70s and 80s, live in Michigan, New Mexico and Arkansas, and are unconnected with the church.