A Kenner woman was arrested Monday on allegations that she scammed elderly people into buying fake raffle tickets in order to pay for crack cocaine for herself.
Kenner police said they booked Tammy Marie Davis, 52, on seven counts of theft plus attempted theft, forgery, illegal possession of crack cocaine and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Police said Davis regularly approached elderly people outside grocery stores to sell them raffle tickets, often claiming that the money was being used to benefit a sick child of the victim’s doctor. The victims ranged in age from 67 to 81, according to police, who said the hustle lasted at least from April 1 to mid-May.
Davis also took an 81-year-old man with Alzheimer’s to his bank in an attempt to cash a fraudulent $980 check that she had forged in his name, police said. She fled when a bank clerk realized the ruse.
Davis was on parole until December 2017 after being convicted of purse snatching, police said. Her parole officer recognized her from a photograph of the bank encounter.
Davis confessed to the scam, police said, and said she employed it “due to her addiction to crack cocaine.”
Kenner police are looking for any other people who may have been victims. They said Davis handed out Office Depot brand raffle tickets.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Kenner Police Detective Vincent Miranti at (504) 712-2330 or Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111.
Davis was being held without bail as of Wednesday.