Man accused of using mafia hoax to scam elderly woman out of $159K

LANCASTER, Pa. - A scam artist accused of using a mafia hoax to steal a Lancaster County woman's life-savings is facing criminal charges.

Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro announced charges Tuesday against Yancey Taylor, 45, of Washington County.

Investigators said Taylor used a phony investment scheme to steal $159,000 from a 69-year-old woman in Lancaster, and then gambled the money away.

He allegedly led the woman to believe that she would face retaliation from the mafia if she didn't give him money.

Investigators believe there may be additional victims who were scammed by Taylor. Shapiro urged anyone with information to contact the attorney general's office at 717-787-6858.

Taylor is charged with theft by deception and extortion. If convicted, he could face up to 10 years behind bars.

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