Alleged fraud against elderly nabs two

Anthony Gonzalez Staff Reporter

November 18, 2013

BOONVILLE — A Mocksville couple is facing charges following an incident of alleged fraud following a report from the Boonville victim, a relative of the couple.

Yadkin County Sheriff’s deputies were called to a residence on Main Street in Boonville regarding a report from a victim stating that family members, of whom the victim was in the care of, had stolen the victim’s debit card and began to make purchases. The victim also reported that another bank account also had been used without the victim’s permission.

After further investigation, the Yadkin County Sheriff’s deputies had found evidence that the family members had taken a substantial amount of money from the victim, according to a report from the sheriff’s office.

The family members, daughter Cynthia Renee Medcalf, 42, and her husband Timothy James Medcalf, 55, both of Mocksville, were arrested by the Davie County Sheriff’s Office on charges of one count of felony financial card theft and two counts of felony obtaining property by false pretenses on Nov. 12.

Both are being held by the Yadkin County Detention Center, and both received a $7,500 secured bond.

According to a study by the N.C. Center for Public Policy Research, North Carolina’s older population is expected to double by 2030, rising from 1.1 million to 2.2 million. By 2030, one of every five Americans will be 65 or older, thus increasing the chances of fraud against the demographic.

“It’s not surprising to hear about alleged fraud,” said a spokesperson with the research organization. “Lots of time crimes go unreported. The aging are a demographic that don’t necessarily trigger with complaints.”

The most recent data from the Federal Trade Commission shows North Carolina already ranks 24th among the 50 states in the number of fraud complaints per capita and 23rd in the number of identity theft complaints per capita. The Federal Trade Commission says that people older than 50 account for almost one-half of all consumer fraud complaints, and more than a third of all identify theft complaints.

Reach Anthony Gonzalez at 835-1513 or agonzalez@civitasmedia.com.