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Man posed as AAA worker to scam senior drivers, police say

March 21, 2012 | 11:24 am

AAAPolice have arrested a man who they say posed as an Auto Club of America employee to scam elder drivers into paying him for fake car repairs.

Authorities were asking for more victims to step forward. 

Woodland Hills resident Larry Marco, 41, has been accused of planting “an unknown liquid” near the rear tires of cars owned by seniors and then telling them they should not drive.

In his fake AAA uniform, armed with stolen AAA door magnets and fictitious work orders, Marco would tell victims he was a mechanic and attempt to get them to pay him for unnecessary repairs, authorities said.

Officer Cleon Joseph said details on how and where Marco performed the scams would not be released while the investigation was ongoing. He said the amount of money Marco charged victims was unclear.  

Officials say Marco has been charged with multiple counts of elder abuse and theft by trickery after his March 9 arrest. He was released on $350,000 bail.


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