Mississippi man arrested for scamming Washington Parish woman

Mississippi man arrested for scamming Washington Parish woman

WASHINGTON PARISH, LA (WVUE) - An elderly Washington Parish woman was scammed by a Mississippi pair she met at a flea market.

Police have arrested Emmanuel Hatcher, 37, from Sandy Hook, Mississippi.

She met the pair at the Washington Parish flea market. While there, the pair expressed interest in purchasing furniture she had for sale.

The male and female came to the victim's home to look at the furniture. Once inside they engaged the victim in conversation.

During the conversation, the female suspect as to use the bathroom.  While the female suspect went to the bathroom, the man distracted the victim by talking about her dog.

During that time, authorities say, the woman had access to the rest of the house. They left without buying the furniture.

After they left, the victim realized her bank card was missing. They next day, $590 was charged to her card.

Washington Parish detectives traced the purchase to a business in Marion County, Mississippi, where the card was used to purchase stereo speakers.

Through their investigation in Marion County, detectives identified Hatcher as the user of the card.

When detectives question Hatcher he confessed. He was arrested for those crimes along with other outstanding warrants.

Hatcher was jailed and charged with two counts of issuing worthless checks, contempt of court, fraudulent acquisition of a credit card and theft of assets from the aged.

He remains in jail with his bond set at $12,550.

Detectives have identified Hatcher's female accomplice and are in the process of obtaining warrants for her arrest.

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