2 men accused of financial exploitation of elderly
SCOTT COUNTY, MO (KFVS) - Two St. Peters, Missouri men are accused of financial exploitation of the elderly.
Harry Marks, 63, and Brandon Parker-Marks, 22, were charged with financial exploitation of the elderly, a class B felony.
According to Scott County Sheriff Rick Walter, the men were arrested on Monday morning after a year-long search for them.
He said in May 2014, his office received information about an area business owner who had fallen victim to an alleged scam involving the sale of more than $160,000 of heavy equipment to the Marks for a much lower price.
Detectives investigating the crime found that the Marks were part of the Roma gypsy family with a long list of properties across the United States.
While trying to check these properties, detectives found the Marks allegedly used fake names and false business information.
Sheriff Walter said during the investigation, several potential victims were found in neighboring states.
On Sunday evening, the two men were found in St. Peters, Mo.
Sheriff Walter and other deputies went to St. Peters and took the Marks into custody shortly after 1 a.m.
They were taken to the Scott County Jail on the charges set by the Scott County Prosecuting Attorney.
Brandon Parker-Marks remains in the Scott County Jail with a bond of $10,000 cash only.
Harry Marks' bond was set at $10,000 cash or surety and he bonded out.
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