Police in Mobile, Alabama arrested a woman who allegedly bilked $310k out of a 90-year-old man she met online.
Loyala Surangani McCants, 58, was arrested on June 23 and charged with three counts of financial exploitation of an elderly person, reports Local 15 News. McCants allegedly convinced the 90-year-old victim to move from Maine to Mobile after meeting him on the senior citizen dating site, Our Time.
The gentleman moved to Alabama on May 14 and in the following weeks over $310,000 was transferred to McCants’ bank account from the victim’s. The Alabama Securities Commission notified the Mobile County Sheriff’s Office on June 20. Sheriff Sam Cochran told Local 15 News he immediately launched an investigation and “we were able to make an arrest and prevent her from going after her next victim.”
According to Fox10 News, Cochran said McCants spent about $30,000 before getting caught.
“She paid off some bills that she owed, she went gambling. We believe she spent $10,000 at a casino in Mississippi last week and bought some expensive purses, and lots of other frivolous things.”
AL.com reports McCants is originally from Sri Lanka and was planning to fly her family to the South Asian island country after moving the elderly man to a local nursing home.
MCSO Spokeswoman Lori Myles told AL.com that McCants had committed a similar crime against another elderly man last year. However, the victim in that case passed away and no charges were ever filed. It is unknown at this time if she has more victims.
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[Feature Photo: Mobile County Sheriff’s Office]