Attorney-general: the ‘Mafia’ threat costs woman life savings

LANCASTER, Pa. – Authorities say a Pennsylvania woman has been scammed out of her $ 159,000 savings by a man who told her that she would be the face of the Mafia retaliation if they do not give him money.

Attorney General Josh Shapiro says that the man, 45-year-old Yancey Taylor, gambled away the money at casinos.

Taylor is from Donora, a suburb of Pittsburgh, but the charges were announced Tuesday in Lancaster County, where the alleged 69-year-old victim lived.

Police say Taylor stole the money of the woman in 2013 and she received threatening phone calls when she tried to resist. A state grand jury investigated the case, which began when the woman rented a property that they owned in Westmoreland County to Taylor in 2012.

Online court records do not have a lawyer for Taylor, who faces a preliminary hearing June 9.

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