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93-year-old helps Monona Police catch woman for elderly fraud


MONONA (WKOW)--  A Rio woman is behind bars after police say she scammed a 93-year-old Monona man out of nearly $1,400.

Officers caught 25-year-old Marcie Saye with help from the victim and the caretakers at his assisted living center.

93-year-old Hulbert Pinkerton came across Saye in the parking lot of a Monona pharmacy earlier this week. Pinkerton says she claimed to work for an assisted living center in Rio, Wisconsin and needed $41 for medication for a patient. She asked if he would help her pay for it, and he agreed.

She then explained how her car had broken down and needed a part that costs more than a $1,000 to replace. She also asked to borrow Pinkerton's car.

"I thought well, I kind of like these people a little bit and well, they were going to be paid on Friday," Pinkerton says.

He wrote Saye a $1,000 check, but she said the mechanic that was working on her car would only accept cash. She then explained that the mechanic was about to go on vacation and if she didn't pay for the part now it would cost her $2,000 when he got back to Wisconsin.

Pinkerton agreed to give her the $1,000 in cash and also let her borrow his car. Workers at Pinkerton's assisted living center became suspicious of the woman after she visited him at his home.

"She just made me very suspicious cuz she was unfamiliar and I hadn't seen her before and it kind of threw some red flags up," Heritage Senior Living Center Food Service Manager Diane Lueck says.

Workers at the center say Marcie Saye was using an alias of Marcie Severson, but they later discovered her real last name was Saye. They contacted the assisted living center in Rio that she claimed to work for and found out she had been fired in March.

"It was for scamming residents and stealing from them and if she is in your building they suggested we call the police," Heritage Senior Living Center Executive Director Kathy Linden says.

Monona police officers decided to have Pinkerton contact the woman by phone.

"She finally came back over here with my car and the welcoming committee was here waiting for her and they took it from there," Pinkerton says.

Saye was arrested and taken to the Dane County Jail for two felonies of theft by financially exploiting an elder, misdemeanor damage to property and two misdemeanor counts of bail jumping.

Monona Police are still looking for a male accomplice who was seen with Marcie Saye earlier this week asking people for money in Monona. Anyone with information on who he is or where he might be is asked to contact the Monona Police Department.



MONONA (WKOW) -- Thursday, staff and family at a senior living facility on Owen Road in Monona called officers for a fraud complaint.

When officers arrived, they were informed a 93-year-old male resident had been giving money to a young female he had met just a few days prior.  That female was said to be in possession of the resident's Lexus automobile.

With the assistance of poli9ce, the victim was able to call the suspect, convincing her to return his vehicle.  Upon her arrival, officers immediately detained and interviewed her.

25-year-old Marcie Saye, from Rio, stated she met the elderly man in the Monona Walgreens parking lot.  She told him she was having vehicle problems and needed gas money.

Over a two day period, Saye was able to obtain over $1000 from the victim, as well as use his vehicle.

Saye was arrested for two felony charges of theft for financially exploiting an elder, misdemeanor damage to property and two misdemeanor counts of bail jumping.  She was taken to the Dane County Jail.

It is to be noted, around 8:00 Tuesday night, police received information about a male wearing a white shirt and a female in a black tank top had pulled into the Walgreens parking lot in an older pickup truck.  They were walking around asking people for money. 
If anyone has any further information on the male or the truck, please contact the Monona Police Department at 608-222-0463.
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