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Atlantic City woman admits bilking grieving elderly out of thousands

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An Atlantic City woman admitted she stole more than $100,000 from elderly victims who recently lost family members.

Victoria Crosby, 46, was charged in 2021, after it was revealed she called people who had lost spouses or other family members claiming thousands were owed to their life insurance and it needed to be paid to receive the benefits.

Victims were told to purchase prepaid cards at various retailers and provide the caller with the 10-digit codes on the back. After obtaining the prepaid card information, Crosby and others loaded the money into accounts they controlled.

Surveillance video footage shows Crosby withdrawing victim funds from various ATMs in Atlantic City, Brigantine and Absecon, according to the complaint.

"God forgive me," Crosby told BreakingAC, when asked if she could comment on the case when the charges were first announced.

There were at least 17 victims, including a 72-year0old woman called two days after her husband died. She lost $10,000 as a result of the scheme, according to the complaint.

During her crime spree Crosby was getting government assistance that allowed her to live in Atlantic City's Inlet Towers and pay $234 a month through HUD's Public and Indian Housing Program.

She also admitted she received Supplemental Security Income benefits from the Social Security Administration and Medicaid benefits.

The wire fraud count carries a maximum potential penalty of 20 years in prison and $250,000 fine, or twice the gross gain or loss from the offense, whichever is greatest.

Crosby is scheduled to be sentenced March 28.

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Lynda Cohen

Lynda Cohen founded BreakingAC after working as a local newspaper reporter for more than two decades. She is an NJPA award-winner and was a Stories of Atlantic City fellow.

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