Two women from the Bronx are in custody for allegedly duping Bucks County Community College out of more than $400,000.
BCCC personnel reported the scam to police in January 2020. A person pretending to represent a construction company had reached out in Nov. 2019 asking for payment.
The impersonator used an email address which appeared legitimate to college staff. As BCCC was conducting business with this company, college employees followed the email’s instructions.
Emails instructed BCCC staff to transfer $407,516.51 to a specific business account. But when the same staff later talked with representatives of the actual construction company, they realized the deception.
In their investigation, the Newtown Township Police discovered the fake account belonged to an elderly person. However, this elderly individual was also the victim of a scam at the hands of the same scammers.
The victim met one of the fraudsters on an online dating site. Through their relationship, the scammers convinced their victim to allow their business account to be used for the money transfer.
Once the BCCC money was in the elderly person’s account, they transferred it to the scammers’ bank accounts.
Detectives allege they traced the money to Kathryne Simon, 27, and Precious Etsekhume, 27. Police say the women spent their newly found wealth on clothes, plastic surgery, and other miscellaneous purchases.
Police arrested the duo Monday, July 27, 2020. Judge Michael Petrucci set bail for Simon and Etsekhume at $100,000 bail each.