Elderly woman scammed out of $17,000 by teenage handyman
(KUTV) – A handyman hired by an elderly woman turned to be more harmful than helpful after allegedly stealing tens of thousands of dollars from the Holladay resident’s bank account.
According to charging documents, police were alerted by 88-year-old Joyce Denison’s financial institution after checks written for large amounts were being cashed by 18-year-old, Mojahed Mohammad Jaafar, also known as “Mojo.” An officer investigated the suspicious check cashing and determined there were out-of-the-ordinary transactions.
Denison said she needed some help around her house and yard, and outsourced those services to Mojo for a five-month period last spring. She told the investigating officer she had given the teen her PIN number so he could help her operate the ATM, but had no idea he had accessed her checkbook, inflating compensation for work requested.
Police say Mojo took advantage of the elderly woman, cashing $9,160 in checks and withdrawing more than $8,800 from her bank account using her ATM card. He is now facing several felony charges of forgery, unlawful acquisition, possession or transfer of a financial transaction card, and exploitation of a vulnerable adult.