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Chicago men arrested for $300,000 scam in Livingston County

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Two Chicago men were arrested for allegedly scamming a Mount Morris resident out of $300,000 by posing as U.S. Department of Justice employees, the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office said.


On May 22, deputies responded to a complaint from a resident who was tricked into buying gems and metals. The suspects, Mateen Mohammed, 31, and Akber Mohammed, 24, told the victim online that their computer was hacked and someone would pick up the items. The suspects were arrested when they arrived at the victim’s home.

Both men were charged with attempted grand larceny, conspiracy, and petit larceny. They were released on their own recognizance. Sheriff Dougherty criticized bail reform measures, saying it’s wrong to release suspects accused of defrauding a person of such a large amount.