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5267UPDATE Two Arrested for Conspiracy to Commit Theft through Theft Scheme a/k/a "Flim Flam" or "Pigeon Drop" Scam - News Release

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  • Cathy Plevy
    Dec 31, 2013
      City of Takoma Park Police Department
      ● 7500 Maple Avenue ● Takoma Park, Md 20912

      For more information contact:
      Public Information Officer (PIO)
      Catherine Plevy, 301-891-7142 or 240-338-2901

      December 31, 2013 (2:38 pm)

      UPDATE: Green and Erickson, suspects, dressed up as nurses with
      medical paraphernalia and targeted elderly homes with elderly
      individuals, and possibly nursing homes and medical clinics.

      Chief Alan M. Goldberg from the Takoma Park Police Department announces
      the arrests of Consuelo Ann Green, 39, and Sharon Denise Erickson, 51,
      both of Baltimore, Maryland, for Conspiracy to Commit Theft and Theft

      On December 30, 2013, at approximately 12:11 pm, Takoma Park Police
      responded to the 7600 block of New Hampshire Avenue, Takoma Park,
      Maryland, for a theft scheme in progress. A victim from a previous
      incident recognized one of the suspects that had taken her money in a
      previous scam. That victim immediately called the police and gave a
      description of the vehicle the suspects were driving. Officers arrived
      and identified the suspects in the vehicle; one of whom was the
      potential victim. Police quickly identified Green and Erickson.
      Located in the back seat with one of the suspects was a bag with money
      bags inside and filled with what appeared to be large amounts of cash.
      A search of the bag incident to arrest revealed the money inside was
      fake stacked paper like money and various other items of evidentiary
      value were seized and impounded.

      At approximately 1:55 pm, detectives were able to speak with one of the
      suspects and gathered further information regarding the theft scheme.

      The victim indicated that Green approached her and advised that she had
      just found a brown bag filled with money and she showed the victim the
      bag. Green told her she would get half the money if she would pay her
      money and give her her bank information. Erickson showed up and
      pretended to not know Green. Green handed Erickson a large amount of
      “money” and they talked like they knew each other. Green then
      instructed the victim to go to the bank. The victim did go to her bank
      to withdraw money to give to the suspects. Green and Erickson got into
      the victim’s vehicle with her and before the victim was able to give
      Green and Erickson her money, Takoma Park Police arrived on the scene.

      Takoma Park Police made contact with the U.S. Secret Service,
      Washington Field Office, who provided an agent to respond and assist
      with the investigation. This type of scheme is coined “the flim
      flam” or “pigeon drop” scam. This is a regional enterprise
      spreading along Maryland, Washington, D.C., and as far north as New
      York, with possible links to California.

      Green and Erickson were arrested, charged accordingly and transported
      to the Montgomery County Central Processing Unit (CPU).

      The police department is concerned there may be additional victims of
      Green and Erickson’s scheme and encourages victims who have not made a
      report to please call the Takoma Park Police at 301-270-1100.

      You should always thoroughly research and confirm the validity of any
      dealings, business or personal, with persons/entities who are not known
      to you.

      **Photographs of Green and Erickson are attached to the prior release**
      Again, if you recognize Green or Erickson from a scam, please contact
      police immediately.

      Catherine E. Plevy
      Executive Assistant
      Public Information Officer (PIO)
      Office of the Chief of Police
      7500 Maple Avenue
      Takoma Park, Maryland 20912
      (301) 891-7142

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