Rhode Island U.S. Lawyer Peter F. Neronha, together with the U.S. Secret Service are advising folks living in a “black money” con.
A meeting was held late Thursday morning addressing the continuing inquiry into a claimed global “black money” con operating in Southern New England. Officers tell Witness Stories there may be as much as twenty-five suspects concerned. The swindle starts with real cash covered with black shoe polish. The suspects persuade the victims there is a pool of money dyed black to smuggle it into the U.S. The victims are told their money will purchase chemicals used to rinse the black money and convinced they may treble their money when they’re shown how it operates. “An clandestine agent experienced it and he claimed, ‘you know, I know it’s fake, but man they’re good. It appears to be real, ‘ expounded Thomas Powers from the U.S. Secret Service. But what the victims finish up getting is fake cash, regularly made of black construction paper. Authorities say they are having a heavy time getting victims to step forward. “The problem that we are having is that most victims don’t stand up because they’re embarrassed or humiliated they were given taken,” Powers recounted. We’ve learned there’s one victim in Rhode Island who lost $100,000. Investigators are asking potential victims to call their local police dep. or the secret service office.