Detectives: Women dupe senior citizen out of $18,000 in American citizenship scam

LARGO - Pinellas detectives are searching for two women who allegedly scammed a senior citizen out of $18,000.

The victim encountered the two Hispanic women at a Largo Walmart located at 1111 North Missouri Avenue on Feb. 27.

The suspects approached the older woman and they began to discuss their desire to become American citizens, but they claimed they needed $60,000 for various documents.

Wanting to help, the victim took the women to a nearby bank and withdrew $18,000, and eventually gave it to the suspects.

Once the women had the money, they made up a story and left the area.

Officials are now asking for the public's assistance to help track down the suspects.

The first suspect is described as a Hispanic woman, 25-30 years old with long dark brown, straight hair and brown eyes. At the time of the incident, she was wearing a black and white striped shirt and dark pants.

The second suspect is described as a Hispanic woman, 25-30 years old -5'3", and 170lbs with green eyes.

At the time of the incident, she was wearing a multi colored flowered blouse and blue jeans.

Anyone with information that may assist detectives in this investigation is asked to contact Detective David Kavanagh of the Economic Crimes Unit at (727) 582-6200. To remain anonymous and be eligible for a cash reward, contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-873-TIPS.

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