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Mail carrier, paralegal stole from elderly

Scams by professionals: Jobs led two thieves to victims

Not only is elderly financial abuse a profitable enterprise, sometimes reaching six figures, but it also can involve scam artists who gain access to their victims through their own professional jobs.

Like a mail carrier or a paralegal.

Two such local cases in the last couple years led to the theft of more than $700,000 total from two victims in their late 70s.

Peter Saraceno admitted stealing $400,000 from a customer on his mail route, a veteran like himself whom he befriended and helped for many years, according to previous Buffalo News stories.

In the other case, paralegal Pamela M. Blood admitted stealing $311,000 from a Grand Island heiress who had hired her to manage her finances.

Each of the thieves was sentenced to an indeterminate prison term of at least one year to fewer than five.