FAIRFIELD TOWNSHIP, Ohio (FOX19) - Fairfield Township Police have identified and issued an arrest warrant for a man accused of scamming a married couple and an 81-year-old woman out of almost $30,000.
Erik Geier Jr., 28, of Lutz, Florida, is facing a felony charge of theft from a person in a protected class, according to police. They say his charge was elevated because of the amount of money involved and the age of one of the victims.
The Fairfield Police Department released a pair of videos that show who they now think is Geier.
Police say victims received a call from someone claiming to be a family member who needed money to get bailed out of jail.
“We received a report yesterday from an 81-year-old female, her husband who received a call from a male and a female,” explains Sgt. Brandon McCroskey. “The female reported to be her granddaughter. She said she was incarcerated for a DUI in Columbus, Ohio, in Franklin County.”
After that call, another person, who is thought to be Geier, called saying he was the granddaughter’s attorney and asked for $9,500, according to McCroskey.
At some point later, a man arrived in a U-Haul truck and the elderly couple gave him the $9,500, police explained.
A husband and wife from Hanover Township also gave the man $20,000, according to police.
They say there might be more victims of this scam.
Geier has only been charged at this point. He has not been arrested, according to police.
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