An Ogden man — already awaiting trial for allegedly exploiting an elderly man for financial gain — is facing four new felony charges.
Ricky Edward McClain, 45, befriended a 96-year-old man, then used that relationship to bilk the man out of $30,000 in the past year, said Ogden Police Sgt. Danielle Croyle.
Croyle said McClain began the friendship by offering to perform services that the alleged victim could no longer perform for himself. It's a ploy that scam artists typically use to gain their victims' trust, the sergeant said.
"One of the services he offered was to shovel snow for him," Croyle said. "(McClain) would shovel snow and then he'd pay him, and then he would give him a story about how he had sick kids and he'd pay him more money."
"The thing that's sad about this is that (McClain) befriended him," Croyle said. "It's a violation not only of your financial stability, but your trust."
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