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Scammer Arrested After Taking $60,000 From Hendersonville Man’s Account

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Piyushkumar Patel (Hendersonville Police Department)

September 26, 2023 – On September 22, 2023, the Hendersonville Police Department began an investigation after receiving a report of a possible scam that occurred in the 200 block area of Sterling Rd.

Police learned that the victim, an 82 year-old male, had responded to a text message and spoke with an individual claiming to be an agent with the Federal Trade Commission. This “agent” then convinced the victim to withdraw over $60,000 from his bank account. A short time later another suspect arrived at the victim’s home to pickup the cash. Using license plate reader technology, Hendersonville police quickly identified Mr. Piyushkumar Patel [47] of Nashville as a potential suspect. Hendersonville Police located Mr. Patel at his home and were able to recover $59,100 of the victim’s money.

Mr. Patel was arrested and transported to the Sumner County Jail where he is currently confined with a $50,000 bond. Mr. Patel is charged with Theft of Property over $60,000 and Financial Exploitation of the Elderly. Mr. Patel is schedule to appear in General Sessions Court on October 2, 2023 at 9am.

The Hendersonville Police Dept. would also like to remind the public that no legitimate business or government agency will ever ask a person to send large amounts cash or require the purchase gift cards for any reason. HPD encourages anyone who encounters suspicious requests such as these to contact law enforcement and report the incident as soon as possible.

Police ask anyone with information on this case, please call and report the information to the Hendersonville Police Department at (615) 822-1111 or the Hendersonville Crime Stoppers at (615) 594-4113. Tips may also be submitted using the P3 Tips Mobile Application.

Source: Hendersonville Police Department

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