November 14, 2021

Three jailed in ‘grandparent’ scam

Three people face various charges following arrests Thursday in connection with a “grandparent” scam that bilked some local residents of thousands of dollars.

Jaquan Wright, 31, of Brooklyn, N.Y., Brittany Carson, 27, of Englewood, N.J., and Stephanie Valeriano, 28, of Lawrence, Mass., are charged with financial exploitation of an elder or vulnerable person. Additional warrants for theft and conspiracy are pending.

Wright was also charged with criminal impersonation and will be transferred to Blount County later to face similar charges. As of Monday, all were held in Loudon County without bond.

“All of the scams that we saw recently that touched our community, as well as Blount, Knox, what we’re finding out now I think there’s some stuff going on in Rutherford and some other middle Tennessee counties that are also tied to this,” Matt Fagiana, Loudon County Sheriff’s Office…

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