COLUMBIA — Boone County sheriff’s deputies are looking for a 44-year-old Sturgeon man who is suspected of bilking his uncle and aunt out of $109,000.
The Boone County Prosecuting Attorney's Office on Jan. 3 issued a warrant for Farrel Gene Pride, 44, for alleged financial exploitation of the elderly.
Pride told his uncle, who is terminally ill, that he had a real estate deal going on and needed help from them to get it done, Detective Tom O'Sullivan of the sheriff's department said. The couple, who live in Colorado, reported the alleged crime to sheriff’s detectives several weeks later, when they realized they probably had been scammed.
O'Sullivan said such scams aren't entirely uncommon. He suggested the elderly make sure other family members know what’s going on when they feel they are getting into trouble with financial deals.
Pride has lived in Sturgeon for about 20 years, O'Sullivan said. He might be still in the area, but information shows he has other contacts outside the area. All Pride's relatives have been informed about the allegations.
CrimeStoppers is offering a reward for information about Pride’s whereabouts. Anyone who has information can dial 911 or call CrimeStoppers at 875-8477.
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