Five people were charged Thursday in a 12-count indictment for a scam that targeted elderly metro residents.
The U.S. Attorney's Office in Omaha says 44-year-old Rosland Starks of Council Bluffs, 23-year-old Tempest Amerson of Lincoln, 46-year-old Yolanda Clemons of Kansas City, Kansas, 52-year-old Thomas Whitlow of Kansas City, Kansas and 23-year-old Isys Jordan of Marietta, Georgia allegedly called elderly people claiming to be a relative or someone acting on behalf of a relative in need of money.
The victim would then wire money to the suspects. The victims sent a total of around $20,000.
If convicted, each of the 12 counts is punishable by 20 years in prison, a $250,000 fine, three years of supervised release and a $100 assessment.