‘Mafia' Threat Costs Woman Life Savings: Attorney General

Authorities says a Pennsylvania woman was scammed out of her $159,000 life savings by a man who told her she'd face Mafia retaliation if she didn't give him money.

Attorney General Josh Shapiro says that man, 45-year-old Yancey Taylor, gambled away the money at casinos.

Taylor is from Donora, a Pittsburgh suburb, but the charges were announced Tuesday in Lancaster County, where the alleged 69-year-old victim lived.

“This scam artist preyed on an elderly woman and stole her life savings,” Shapiro said. “He came into her life, gained her trust, and then abused that trust to fuel his own greed and gambling habit. We will not tolerate those who scam our seniors. We’re here to protect them.” [[238427591, C]]

Police say Taylor stole the money from the woman in 2013 and that she received threatening phone calls when she tried to resist. A state grand jury investigated the case, which began when the woman rented some property she owned in Westmoreland County to Taylor in 2012.

Online court records don't list an attorney for Taylor, who faces a preliminary hearing June 9.

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