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Man implicated in ‘grandparent scam’ using Connecticut addresses

Man implicated in ‘grandparent scam’ using Connecticut addresses

A Brooklyn woman was allegedly raped by a masseur in her home earlier this year, according to a new lawsuit.

HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — On Tuesday, U.S. Attorney Vanessa Roberts Avery announced that 48-year-old Edward Rosario-Canela of the Bronx, New York, was sentenced to 12 months and one day in prison, followed by three years of parole for his role in the “grandparent scam.”

Rosario’s “grandparent scam” defrauded elderly victims of $655,683, according to a press release and court documents.


The scheme involved scammers, often based outside the U.S., who would call elderly victims, posing as the victim’s needy grandson, to extort money from them. Documents describe Rosario-Canela as a “money mule” who would pick up packages of money that victims would send to various addresses in Connecticut and help send the funds back to the Dominican Republic.

A judge ordered Rosario-Canela to repay all stolen funds after he pleaded guilty on Nov. 17, 2022, to mail fraud and telecommunications fraud.

He was ordered to report to prison on September 16.