DUBUQUE – Iowa law enforcement is seeking a woman they say committed wire fraud and ripped off the elderly.
Payton McCarville (pictured below) and others from Dubuque or surrounding areas, have been charged with wire fraud. The charges are contained in an Indictment filed last month in United States District Court in Cedar Rapids.
The Indictment alleges that from December 2015 through September 2016, the individuals participated in a scheme to defraud people throughout the United States and that the fraud was primarily targeted toward the elderly. The charges allege that participants in the fraud would call a person on the phone and falsely tell that person that a relative was in jail. The caller would then ask the victim to wire money via Western Union or Money Gram as bail money to get the relative
released. The charges allege that participants in the fraud picked up the wire transfers and, eventually, some of the participants would send the money overseas.
Members of the public should not try to apprehend McCarville. Anyone with information should contact local law enforcement or the ICE Tip Line at 1-866-DHS-2-ICE.