TAMPA— Dwayne Terrell White had the hoax down to a science, police say.
He would pose as a police officer and tell senior citizens he was investigating fraud, according to Tampa police.
He tricked two East Tampa women out of $1,680 in February and April and ran away from a third woman when she called a family member to verify his story, according to police.
This was how he did it, according to Tampa police:
White approached the women individually, telling each he was a detective investigating the women for possessing counterfeit money. In April, a 70-year-old woman gave him $380 so he could check the bills.
White looked at it and told her it was fake and talked her into riding with him to her bank so he could "inspect" the rest of her money.
He drove her to two banks, but she refused to make withdrawals.
In one of the February cases, he got away with $1,300 from a 91-year-old woman. He did not get anything from a second February incident involving an 86-year-old woman.
He did this more than two dozen times in the Northeast, according to authorities.
Police pinpointed White, 52, as the suspect in April because he left his fingerprints at one of the scenes, they say. They obtained a warrant for his arrest and, with the help of U.S. marshals, traced him to Georgia.
He was stopped Wednesday while driving a gold Cadillac in Mitchell County, Ga. He was booked into jail and will be extradited to Hillsborough County, police say.