Two New Jersey based con artists bilked a couple senior citizens out of $600,000 in order to fund a decadent lifestyle, according to authorities. Tavoy Malcolm, 26, was arrested Friday and police caught up with her partner-in-crime, 29-year-old Lorindo Powell, Saturday. They were arraigned in Brooklyn Federal Court, according to New York’s Daily News. With the money they stole they indulged in a garish collection of high-priced footwear, including crocodile leather sneakers, blue suede kicks and Christian Louboutin shoes, according to court documents.
Authorities say Malcolm and Powell had been scamming elderly victims for years, showing a “total lack of conscience.” Among the victims was a 77-year-old woman who ended up losing her home and a 91-year-old woman who was four months away from death. The crooks used bogus lottery winnings as a set up to get the victims to disclose their financial information or pay taxes on their non-existent winnings. The 77-year-old ended up losing over a half million dollars and her home to the thieves, and now lives in a rental apartment. The other victim gave up her credit card information, with which Malcolm and Powell bought over $10,000 worth of shoes.
Of course, like so many other modern day criminals, the pair couldn’t keep the crime to themselves. Tavoy Malcolm used her Instagram account to show off a pair of mint green Pigalle pumps by Louboutin she bought with the dying woman’s credit card, while cruising around town in a Mercedes-Benz, according to prosecutors.
Police say Powell and Malcolm were living at Powell’s sister home in Guttenberg, New Jersey. The sister is also the subject of a criminal investigation, and is facing charges of cocaine importation and conspiracy to import cocaine. The Daily Mail reports Powell and Malcolm have been charged with wire and bank fraud and face a possible 20 years in prison if convicted.