Gypsy Sweetheart Scams
Tina Costello, age 42
Scamming the elderly in Sweetheart Swindles in Arizona & Los Angeles, San Francisco Bay Area
- Born NINA COSTELLO
- DOB 3-11-1975 in Contra Costa County, California
- Using multiple aliases, SSNs and dates of birth. Using Tina & Nina in combination with last names Costello, Marks, Stevens, Adams, Steve
Tina Costello - bilking elderly widowers out of life savings with husband and son
Tina Costello Sweetheart Swindler
These are the faces of the people who stole $150,000 from an elderly Arizona man. Please read my story and consider sharing it for others to read.
This scam often involves an elderly man who is befriended by a young woman. She convinces him she truly cares about him and implies a romantic interest. She tells him she needs money for rent, food, furniture, her business, or she needs surgery. She may swindle him out of his life savings, often causing him to file bankruptcy. This is a very common fraud among Gypsy women.
~ from the San Jose Police Department
Rom Gypsies and Financial Exploitation
Tina is part of a Roma or Romani family of nomadic predators in Arizona and California, known as "The Rom" gypsies, specializing in a variety of scams and confidence crimes against the elderly and vulnerable.
Always working in groups, they incorporate their many family members into the cons, each playing their own role in making the ruse more believable to the victim to maximize payout.
At the end of their scheme, their target is ultimately left penniless.
Their Romani gypsy livelihood is dependent upon people like you and I knowing nothing of the criminal lifestyle inside their insular community. They live in their own world, following their own gypsy law, governed by their own justice system and courts, speaking a Romani language no one but them understands. Marriages are arranged, dowries are paid based upon the woman's earning potential, and children are removed from school by around the 6th grade.
They respect no culture but their own, and while stealing from each other is forbidden, they believe that non-gypsies (called gadje or gaje) exist to be fleeced to their benefit. In other words, they do no harm to each other, but stealing from you or me, or my father is fully permitted. Their Rom gypsy culture believes they were granted this right from birth and the tale is told to each child born into their world. With multiple aliases and social security numbers creating a myriad of identities, there are special task forces in major cities dedicated to identifying these crimes to catch the criminal element within this culture.
With thousands of Rom gypsies in numerous cities all across America, law enforcement estimates that of "sweetheart swindles" in particular, only about one in 10 are ever reported to police - most generally at the urging of family members who discover too late that the victim's finances have been depleted.
Targeting primarily elderly and vulnerable adults, oftentimes victims who do report the crimes make very bad witnesses; many being unable to recall faces and details of their case due to their advanced age, and others being unable to recognize that a scam has even occurred. Most sweetheart swindles, however, go unreported out of embarrassment, with the victims living out their remaining years living off social security, paying minimum payments on the credit accounts opened in their name during the con.
The pictures you see on this site are of the Marks gypsy clan scammers who took advantage of my father in 2013, leaving him without the means to support himself. This site was created to raise awareness of the growing problem of financial exploitation by this group and to help others recognize the signs - and the thieves perpetrating these crimes.
Profile, Target, Defraud
The Tina Costello Sweetheart Swindle
This is not a case of a woman's mistaken intentions. This is a calculated con, from start to finish by a family of Rom gypsy scam artists in Arizona and California. It's about befriending their victims and draining their bank accounts - nothing less.
Tina Costello Marks is a 40 year old woman who, along with her husband, David - and their 22 year old son, Jacob, target elderly men they deem vulnerable to their financial scam. Posing Tina as the single woman 'finally able to trust again', she befriends the man, inventing stories of needing investors for a non-existent business, help getting back on her feet, medical problems, transportation needs, furniture, etc.
- David Steve / David Marks, the husband, is introduced as Tina's brother
- Jacob Costello (Jake), who is their son, is introduced as a nephew
Together, they bilk the savings of the man over the next few months, until he's financially devastated. The criminal element within the Rom gypsies is well-known to law enforcement across the country for theft, fraud and swindles perpetrated against the elderly, and vulnerable adults.
They selected Tina's last elderly victim from a Sam's Club parking lot in the Phoenix area. Tina, along with her son's wife, Sarah Costello, approached the man claiming car troubles. Over coffee and lies about her identity, she told the man she was coming out of a bad relationship and grieving a dead brother ~ and so begins the confidence scam she and her extended family have pulled off so many times before, up and down the west coast. Finally, as fate would have it, she's met someone she can really talk to, open up to, and enjoy life with again. That unlucky person was my dad, an elderly farmer from the midwest who had lost my mother to cancer 9 years prior. The chance meeting at Sam's Club began a downward spiral in his life that would end with her stealing everything this hard-working man had worked his whole life for.
Identifies herself with a false name, seeking investment monies for a non-existent business
Tina Costello entered his life full-force with stories of the new business she was opening, and promises of the future. My dad, having been widowed for several years, enjoyed Tina's company and enjoyed spending time with her. She was fun and full of life - it was a new start to the last chapter in his life, he thought. He met her family (all players in the con) and they welcomed him. Her brother (husband) David, her nephew (son) Jacob and his wife, Sarah, and Tina's daughter, Anna, were all part of the family's plan to empty his savings.
Tina's Car Scam
Within days of meeting, Tina began taking advantage of my father, driving him to a dealership and telling him of a great deal on a rare car, a 2013 $66,000 Roush Mustang, which was supposedly to gain value over the next five years.
My dad did know that he was buying a car that day, but was told it would be his. They had him wire $66,000 from his bank account and went to San Tan Ford in Gilbert, Arizona - When the paperwork was being signed, Tina's 21 year old son, Jacob, quickly ushered my dad into another area with the distraction of a question that needed answering right away.
Before leaving this area, salesman Matthew Romano of San Tan Ford asked WHOSE name was going on the title - and my father raised his hand and told them it was his name that was to go on the title.
When Jacob and my dad returned to the area, conveniently, the paperwork had already been completed. When the title was mailed to my dad - Tina (Nina Costello) was now on the title with my dad. I'll be careful not to heap accusations onto a company based on one employee, but I won't hesitate to say this: That salesman knew that the elderly man giving him the money is the one who stated he was to be put on title. It shouldn't matter what any other person 'said' after the owner left the room, the salesman should not have changed/added/altered what name was to go on that title. Agree?
When my dad received the documents in the mail and saw how his new car was titled, he asked Tina about this and she claimed it was a mistake, grabbing the title from his shirt pocket, saying she would get it changed and taking it with her.
During the period of time that followed, they preyed on his age and inability to see that this was a con game, taking advantage of my dad and bilking thousands in cash, opened lines of credit, furniture, vehicles and for the phony business Tina claimed to be opening. He was an 'investor' in this non-existent business (this 'opening a new business' line is quite common in these types of gypsy scams, I've learned). The numerous checks were written to the name of Nina Costello, and she misled him with each check with invented stories of what each was paying for.. 'this one is paying for equipment at the job site', and such. No job site, no business. All manufactured lies.
She called my dad in a panic one day saying she went to go register his Mustang for him, but claims he's in big trouble with the Department of Motor Vehicles for lack of insurance and that they're demanding $1000 or they'll come to the garage and take his car ---> the only way out of this mess, she says, is for her right then and there standing at the DMV - to title the Mustang temporarily in HER name alone, removing him from title.
He went to her house numerous times asking for his new car, that he paid cash for, and she put him off every time, never letting him have it.
* Added for clarification: I'm referring to the place she was at as the DMV, when in actuality, it was a third-party business authorized by the DMV. I'm unfamiliar with how that works, but it's my understanding that it's common to use these places in Arizona.
Since she was able to get the car transferred fully into her name, she knew she scored. Tina, David, Jacob and Sarah.. their life of thievery is as natural to them as breathing. It's the typical gypsy sweetheart swindle, going from one senior citizen to the next, staying until they've depleted their entire savings, or until a family member catches wind of what's going on and alerts law enforcement. By this time though, such gypsy scammers are long gone, and so is any hope of recouping the money taken from the elderly victim.
Tina Costello ultimately stole $150,000 from my dad
(in addition to numerous store cards, and another 49k auto loan which he was responsible for).
They do not, nor have they ever, held any real jobs - So, as they move onto their next aging victim to take advantage of and financially exploit, my hope is that someone reads this; a family member, a caring neighbor, a friend with suspicions about their elderly friend's newest 'friend'.. maybe they can stumble upon this page, and prevent Tina, David, Jacob and Sarah from destroying someone else's final years.
They ARE still actively pulling the same sweetheart scams today, in 2017, in Phoenix (Chandler/Gilbert/Mesa areas).
The Gypsies Directly Involved in my Father’s Scam:
David Steve - The husband, who poses as "the brother"
After trust is built, he strategically places his 'once in a lifetime' opportunities which he lets the victim in on. With manufactured confusion and 'act now' tactics, the bank accounts of their elderly victim are depleted in weeks and that money is in the pockets of the Costellos.
While shaking down old people, he also runs Craigslist car scams in Phoenix with son, Jacob, selling cars with mileage tampering.
Look long and hard at the faces of David and Jacob, because once you've handed them your cash, their phone numbers are changed.
- When speaking to each other, they'll sometimes speak in a language you've never heard before, anywhere. This is their Romani gypsy language.
- When speaking in English, they'll have an unmistakably odd accent, which they'll try to pass off as Italian or Hungarian. (Sort of a Bronx-sounding accent mixed with a foreign accent.)
Jacob or Jake Costello - The son, major player in mom’s frauds
AKA Jake Marks
24 years old
The fast-talker and big player in his mother's cons. Responsible for taking my dad to the Ford dealership to purchase the $66,000 car, where he created a diversion resulting in his mother's name being put on the title. THEY GOT THE CAR, and my dad got nothing. When my dad continued to show up at their house asking for his new car, he was turned away.
Jacob IS THE FACE of his family's odometer-fraud car scams on Craigslist. Jacob has brothers and other relatives that look very, very similar to him which may be with him. Remember the accent.
Sarah Costello - the daughter-in-law
Jacob's wife. Meets the elderly men with her mother-in-law after they've targeted their big catch.
Assisted in scamming my father, targeting and approaching him with Tina in a Sam's Club parking lot in Arizona, claiming car troubles February 2013. Within days, substantial purchases were being made in his name and he was ultimately bilked out of $150,000 in cash, cars and phony investments.
Jake Costello/Jake Marks - Gilbert, AZ
- Click photos for additional pictures
Memorize their faces, because they're likely using different names than listed above (they already do this; name-trading is part of life for many Rom Gypsies). After referencing their Craigslist car scams, which they will continue to post weekly throughout Arizona and California, they won't want to match the names and descriptions I've publicly given as Craigslist (and approaching random strangers to purchase their autos) is a lucrative venue for them.
Tina is a skilled con artist. Nearly all family members I have connected her to have documented criminal histories for fraud and theft, and many are documented as sweetheart swindlers themselves (some with multiple cases).
This is not one bad apple within a family - this is a crime family preying on vulnerable, weaker individuals using a well-rehearsed plan to deplete their financial reserve entirely. And they stop at nothing, even after being caught - In my case, they tried feverishly to reach my father long afterwards, asking for money and inventing stories of fake illnesses and deaths. They are heartless, exhaustive cons that continue manipulating their targets long after they've been ordered away by the victim's adult children.
Why the Sweetheart Swindle Works
For anyone reading this who may think that our parents and grandparents should be wise enough not to fall for something like this, I'd simply say that if you've lived your whole life without being truly blindsided by someone you think you know, then consider yourself lucky. Now, imagine yourself at the age of 80.. Seniors are easy targets because they tend to be more trusting, they're prone to forgetfulness and can be easily confused. Many times they've been living on their own for years now, after the death of their spouse. Their adult children, while probably keeping in close touch and staying up on their daily activities, may not live nearby and don't catch the warning signs. It's easy for their kids, as close as they may be to their parents, to write off simple bouts of forgetfulness as 'Mom or Dad told me the same story twice today' and regard it as harmless and part of the aging process, never realizing these seemingly minor changes in our parents present skilled thieves with an 'in' to the perfect opportunistic crime.
Making the con easier to pull off, many of the Rom gypsies selecting this lifestyle don't look like criminals; they're well dressed, drive nice cars, are polite and very well-mannered (oddly enough). A far cry, at first glance, from some 'thug' you would expect to be defrauding the elderly, or anyone else. That's why it works so well. And scammers know that as the mind begins to slip, so do the defenses. As the elderly lose their sharpness, it's easier than you might imagine for someone to swoop in and wreck their lives financially in a very short amount of time ~ sometimes, just days. There wouldn't be story after story in the headlines (see below) if this weren't the case. Less often these are being referred to as gypsy scams in the news, due to the risk associated with lumping a specific group with specific crimes. Those well-versed in such cons, however, are able to recognize them as signature Rom gypsy scams.
A Personal Note to
Since I know you'll see this
Tina: I told you, very clearly, in August 2013 that you would only hear from me one time by phone, and that was with the direction to make it right with my dad by returning what was taken from him. Your phone number matters very little to me, Tina - I've always had your phone numbers (most times before my dad did), and still never cared much. What DOES interest me is knowing where you are, and at the time of writing this, I know precisely where you are, and will continue to keep tabs on your location and will continue to share this information with others in situations that I deem appropriate. I will also continue to share knowledge of your criminal activities, past and present, with others, including photos of you and your criminal associates and any activities that I deem for the 'greater good' of helping your potential future targets. This may indeed interfere with your life, but I will do what is necessary, regardless of the cost. I said in August that I would put the same time and effort into exposing you publicly that I would put into a 150k a year job. I feel that's only fair.
You were told to contact ME directly if you chose to make arrangements to avoid this -- not my father, as I never doubted it would lead to you slithering around attempting to bilk more money for your husband and kids - and, it did. Unlike my dad, who continued to ask for his car and be put off time after time, I state my requests only once. What happened from that point forward, was always up to you. You knew I would make this public.
I will never, ever lose interest in you or this case. This domain has been secured through 2024, at which time, I will RENEW IT for 10 more years to ensure that your story stays at the forefront and that your faces, names and scams rank well in the search engines for many, many years to come, so that others may avoid meeting the same financial devastation you dished out to my dad. I told you once, you picked the wrong old guy, and unlike you, I do not lie.
Welcome to the start of your limelight, Tina Costello.
Marks Gypsy Family
Tina and family move between the Phoenix AZ areas of Chandler, Tempe, Mesa and Gilbert (Maricopa County), and California through the San Francisco Bay Area, Sacramento, Los Angeles and surrounding areas.
- Faking illnesses (vague medical descriptions such as ‘female problems’ ensure men of an older generation ask few questions)
- Inventing dying relatives (as this sociopath drains you financially - her family members need help, too)
Lines to watch for:
- "This is for our future.” (You'll hear this most often as you're writing out another check.) This is actually for MY future.. but I need to keep you thinking this is 'us'.
- "I'm Italian." Because if I told you I was a Rom gypsy trained from birth to steal, you wouldn't date me.
- "I'm Hungarian." Because if I told you I was a Rom gypsy trained from birth to steal, you wouldn't date me.
- "Don't tell your children about this. They wouldn't understand." Because if anyone else heard this crazy story, they'd know it was a fraud.
- "I can see us together the rest of our lives." Or until I've taken everything from you, leaving you with massive debt and living off your social security.
- "I was in a bad relationship; I never expected to be with another man." My snaking, manipulative personality makes me the perfect candidate for an abusive relationship.. but no, all is fine on the homefront. My large, jobless husband is quite proud of me for all the money I'm stealing from you.
- "I have a job." I do have a job - and it’s currently YOU.
- "I am self-employed." This charade helps ensure you can never find out anything about me.
- "I have one child." I have several kids actually, and they're all playing a role to con you. Every one of them.
- "I come from a large family and they live in California." Sure many live in California, but as we're transient thieves, many are actually holed up a couple of miles down the road from here. I see them all the time - they spend your money, too.
As mentioned earlier, it's common practice and a way of life for the family members to swap names amongst themselves and use various aliases, including adding or changing a few letters of the last name
- Common American gypsy last names and aliases you'll see associated with these and other labeled 'transient offender' crimes below: Costello, Marks, Steve, Stevens, Adamo, Adams, Angelo, Black, Butch, Christo, Costa, Davis, Demetro, Demitro, Delmaro, Eli, Ely, Ephrem, Ephraim, Evans, Frank, George, Guy, John, Johns, Johnson, Kaslov, King, Lakatos, Lakatosz, Lee, Leo, Loeo, Marino, Merino, Moreno, Marco, Marks, Marx, Miguel, Miller, Mills, Milo, Mitchell, Mitlo, Mitlow, Montes, Montez, Nicholas, Nichols, Nicklas, Nicola, Riste, Ristich, Ristick, Stanley, Sterio, Steve, Stevens, Stevenson, Stokes, Stone, Tan, Tene, Bimbo, Tennis, Thompson, Tom, Uanno, Ufie, Ulrich, Urich, Uwanawich, Vlado, Wanko, Williams, Yoanis, Yonko, Zeko, Ziko, Zitko. This is in addition to the names they take on after stealing the identity of their victims.
- Locations of crimes related to the Tina Costello clan: Phoenix area, Chandler AZ, Gilbert, Arizona, San Francisco Bay Area of California, to Los Angeles, Sacramento and San Diego - with relation through Houston, Texas, Las Vegas, Nevada up to Portland, Oregon and Tacoma, Spokane, Washington, in addition to the east coast. The Rom usually live in well-populated, diverse cities. [New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Maryland, Florida, Illinois also see a lot of gypsy crime.]
A Glimpse into Rom Gypsy Scams
- What is a Sweetheart Swindle and how does it work?
- LA Times: Gypsies, The Usual Suspects
Detectives train for Rom Gypsy crimes.
- Gypsies: King of Cons
An older online article, but still an informative, straightforward look into the criminal element.
Below are links that might be of interest if you're unfamiliar with these types of crimes. (Actually, some are Tina and David's family members.) This is merely a sampling to illustrate the cons that take place within the Rom gypsy criminal groups. I'm referring to them as gypsies on this site because that is what they call themselves, so I have no reason to refer to them as anything different.
Throughout, up and down the west coast which I've mainly focused on, for now at least, you'll see references to gypsy scammers as you read the Sweetheart Swindles and other theft by deception, financial exploitation, elder financial abuse cases. It's an oppressive label, yep, and perhaps if they want to change the labels, this criminal subculture should stop the crimes, and stop raising each generation to see those outside of their culture as a means for withdrawal of money.
If I were to focus on listing the insurance frauds, car scams, staged auto accidents, dent-repair scams, ruse entry and distraction burglaries, scrap-metal theft, robberies, home repair, roofing, driveway paving and fortune-telling/psychic scams, I'd run out of room. One could only hope they'd inbreed themselves into extinction, but so far.. no luck.
Similar Scams in the News:
Gypsy Sweetheart Swindler, Currently Operating in Las Vegas
RITA TENE BIMBO, 40
You may remember the Tene-Bimbo Gypsy Clan from the San Francisco Foxglove Murders case
It was RITA’s mother, MARY TENE-STEINER, and older sister, THERESA TENE (AKA Angela Bufford), who were charged with the poison-deaths of six elderly San Francisco widowers, after stealing millions.
Read about RITA TENE in Las Vegas
Candy Ely, Chicago
A decade of deception against an Oregon timber heir is the largest sweetheart scam investigators have seen
Rachel Lee, Porsha Lee
Photo: Multnomah Co. Sheriff, Portland, Oregon
Gypsy Psychics Scam twelve to $20 Million from Oregon Tree Farmer
May 14, 2014 - Ralph Raines JR led a fantasy life. At 66, the heir to a third-generation Washington County logging company had once faced the prospect of a lonely existence. He was without close family and, as prosecutors now say, he was a bit socially awkward.
But he had found a beautiful young wife—or she had seemed to find him, actually. Mary Marks was thin and blond and preferred heavy makeup. She had presented Raines with a baby boy she said was their son, a child who sat on his lap and called him "Daddy".
What's more, a devoted caregiver named Rachel Lee, who had looked after Raines' father, was now helping Raines handle the millions of dollars that came from the family's timber company.
Raines' life had gone on like this for nearly a decade—until March, when police told him the life around him was a hoax.
Mary wasn't really his wife, and the boy wasn't his son. And Rachel, the caregiver? She was, in reality, Mary's mother and the architect of a yearslong scam that, authorities say, drained Raines of at least $12 million and as much as $20 million. Prosecutors say Raines is left with $200,000.
It's a classic con called the "sweetheart swindle" — a younger woman ingratiates herself with an older, vulnerable man so she can get access to his money.
Investigators say these scams are on the rise as the population ages. "Once you get your hooks in, it's easy money," says Jay Pentheny, the elder abuse detective for the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office, who has investigated many "sweetheart" cases. "This is very prevalent, and it's getting worse. I guarantee there are so many more cases going on in Portland that we don't know about."
Prosecutors say they've never seen a sweetheart fraud as large or as egregious as the one waged against Raines. The scammers allegedly bought luxury cars and financed trips to Las Vegas by liquidating Raines' bank accounts and selling off his properties—all while keeping Raines isolated and confused.
Rachel Lee, 43, and her daughter, Porsha Lee, 24, who played the wife "Mary" in the alleged scam, were arraigned May 9 in U.S. District Court in Portland on charges of wire fraud, money laundering and conspiracy.
Rachel Lee's boyfriend, Blancey Lee, and another daughter, Samantha Lee, are also named in the 13-count indictment.
"The defendants, their family and their friends lived a lavish lifestyle on the back of this victim," Assistant U.S. Attorney Donna Maddux told a federal judge at the Lees' arraignment. "In terms of sweetheart scams, it was like winning the Powerball."
(Continued) Read the full story at Willamette Week: A Fortune Felled
- Pierce County, WA - Madonna Steve, Married to 83-Year-Old, Charged With Stealing $600k From Another Man With Dementia, Age 86
- Sacramento, CA - Merino & George Gypsies Murder Compassionate Elderly Man Who Took Them In
★ UPDATE ★ SWEETHEART SCAMMERS SENTENCED TO LIFE FOR MURDER: Sandy George, Michael Moreno, Kevin Moreno, and Peaches Moreno Get Life Without Parole for Killing Sacramento Man
- Santa Clara Co, CA - Gina Mitchell Tricks Elderly Man Into Marriage, Scams $350,000
- New York City, NY - Priscilla Kelly Delmaro Arrested in $700,000 Fortunetelling Scam
- Somerville, NJ - Imposter Burglaries: Men Posing as Utility Workers Steal $75,000 From New Jersey Woman - Stanley Mitchell, Sonny Mitchell, Steve John/Steven Miller Charged With Racketeering in Multi-State Crime Spree
- Long Beach, CA - Elderly Homeowner Shoots Woman in Home Invasion Robbery - Gus Adams, Mother Ruby Adams Arrested
- El Cerrito, CA - Donna Racheal Demitro & Johnny Lee Arrested After Robbing, Beating Elderly Couple
- Edgecomb, MN - Los Angeles Woman, 89, Vanishes, Found Alone in Maine 4 Years Later
- Tempe, AZ - Ruby Marks & Son Rocky Marks Scam Elderly Man 100k For Liver Transplant & Fake Business
- Dallas, TX - Gypsy Vickie Steve Romancing Elderly Men From Dallas to Seattle In Sweetheart Swindles
- Sacramento, CA - Ruby Miller And Nicky Marks Of Sacramento Get Prison For Defrauding Elderly Men
- Seattle, WA - Yana Ristick & Husband Michael Evans Bilk Men in their 80s & 90s in Washington Sweetheart Scam (video)
— Couple Again Pulling Same Fraud Months After Prison Release
- Portland, OR - Tina Ephrem, Tim Ephrem Elder Fraud Unit Helps Expose 'Trusted Friend' As Con Artist
- Tacoma, WA - Sweetheart Swindler Rachel "Annie" Marks - Accused Of Murder By Victim's Daughter
- Riverside County, CA - Fraudulent Predators Extremely Supportive While Involved With Seniors - Sweetheart Swindlers
- Vancouver, WA - Gypsy Costellos of Washington Fake Retardation For 20 Years To Defraud Government
- Philadephia, PA, Houston, TX - Crystal 'Pinky' Johns & Husband Patrick Stanley Steal $650,000 From Elderly Men in Pennylvania and Texas
- King County, WA - Gypsy Woman Blames 'Hard Life,' Romani Upbringing For Brutal Killing of Navy Veteran
- Vallejo, CA - Twenty-Seven Self-Described Gypsies in Car Crash Insurance Fraud Ring Spanning Twenty Counties
11 Years Later, Same Players, New Auto Insurance Frauds: Johnny Sterio & Brother Dino Stage 13 Fake Collisions, Demand Money from Elderly Victims
- Santa Cruz, CA - Prosecutors Seek Sonny Costello of California For Bilking Seniors
Update: Sonny Costello Sentenced on 2 Felony Counts of Elderly Financial Abuse in Fake Contractor Scheme
- San Diego, CA - Arizona Gypsies Targeting Elderly Drivers in California "Smoking Car Scam" (video)
- Sacramento, CA - Gypsies Helen and Shirley Costello, Mother & Daughter, Arrested In Distraction Robberies
- San Jose, CA - Shirley Stanley & Anthony Costello Steal Over $200,000 In Classic Gypsy Sweetheart Scam
- Atlanta, GA - Sophie Adams Bilks Elderly Man For Fake Cancer Treatments In Georgia (video)
- Orlando, FL - Brenda Miguel, New Jersey One of East Coast's Most Wanted Gypsy Criminals Captured At Florida Funeral
- Oklahoma City, OK - Fugitive Natasha Munchkin Marks Arrested In Oklahoma For Stealing 1 Million in New York Sweetheart Swindle
- Kiesie P. John (Kisie Peaches John), Tina Marie John
- Other stories CONTINUED...
Thanks for Reading
Thank you for taking the time to read my dad's story. I hope that having published this site can help someone else in the future (ahh, the power of Google). When this disaster unfolded in 2013, I spend months searching for information on the people above, chasing aliases and traded names, and sifting through backgrounds of people that didn't make sense. Now I know that the next round of people getting scammed won't have to search so hard. :)
And a big thanks to all the people who have contacted me with information! I never expected to have thousands of people caring enough to read this story, much less wanting to share it with others. Between the crimes against elderly and car schemes, I've been contacted by neighborhood committees, local organizations, colleges and our story was even mentioned on a New York City talk radio show recently!
Amazing ~ and again, thanks so much for reading!
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