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Maryland woman admits to helping con seniors out of more than $60,000

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A Maryland woman who helped bilk senior citizens of more than $60,000 in one week has pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to conspiracy to commit wire fraud, U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin said.

Sheray J. McKay, 21, of Suitland, Md., admitted to helping con seniors aged 70- to 95-years-old, some of them residing in West Virginia.

The scam targeted about 16 senior citizens over a one-week period in November 2012. Individuals involved in the scheme would call the elderly individuals at their homes, pretending to be a family member, their clergyman or a lawyer. They told the victims the family member had been arrested for drunken driving and ask for money to get them out of jail and pay attorney fees. The elderly victims wired money to McKay in Maryland, who kept a portion for herself and handed the rest over to her alleged co-conspirators.

Under the plea agreement, McKay agrees that she owes restitution in the amount of at least $33,400 and up to $61,788.

McKay was arrested in Maryland in December on an indictment charging her and two co-defendants, Kacey K. Moise of New York, and Charnita E. Ryland, also of Maryland, with 12 counts of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and wire fraud. McKay was specifically charged with four counts – one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and three counts of wire fraud.

She faces up to 20 years in prison at sentencing, which is set for June 5.

"Scams to steal from older West Virginians are downright shameful," Goodwin said. "Protecting our state's senior citizens is one of my top priorities, and in 2014, we're going to work harder than ever to catch criminals who cheat seniors."

McKay's plea hearing was conducted by U.S. District Judge Thomas E. Johnston.

The investigation was conducted by the U.S. Secret Service. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Eumi Choi and Meredith Thomas are handling the prosecution.