Nine people have been charged with defrauding dozens of residents across three South Carolina senior living communities.
Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office investigators said the smartphone-theft scam targeted 45 residents from Summit Hills, Woodland Place and the Charles Lea Center.
Residents became aware of the scam after receiving bills for mobile phones they hadn’t purchased.
Tamara Marqueeshia Shardana Taylor was employed by all three facilities. She confessed that she would photograph residents’ intake sheets (which contained birth dates and other information) before forwarding the photos to Joshua Jonathan Rashaad Glenn.
Deputies said Glenn would take the information to nearby Walmart and Target stores, where he would obtain one to five smartphones. He would then resell the phones, according to police reports.
Taylor, Glenn and seven other suspects have been charged with financial identity fraud and/or exploitation of a vulnerable adult.