LENOX -- A town woman is facing three felony charges for allegedly scamming several elderly residents out of more than $11,000 over the past two months.
Nicole Sacco, 33, of 405 Pittsfield Road, is accused of approaching residents in the vicinity of the Berkshire Mobile Home Park and borrowing money, which she had no intention of paying back, according to Lenox Police.
She gave various reasons for needing the money, such as gas and transportation to Pittsfield or to her father's home in Becket, police Chief Stephen O'Brien said.
"She would go door to door and plead that she needed money to get by, tug on people's heart strings, and try to get them to help her out," he said.
The chief said Sacco, a resident of the mobile home park, is struggling with dependency on drugs, including heroin.
"Some people were kind enough to give her money, unfortunately repeatedly," O'Brien added. "People need to know that they're not really doing her any good at all by providing her with money, because it doesn't go for what she states is the intended purpose."
She allegedly stole a total of $11,115 from three victims, police said. One of them, a resident of Jennifer Street, adjacent to the mobile home park, was bilked out of $9,515 over a period of months as a result of the scam, the report said. The other two lost $1,500 and $100.
The case was investigated by Senior Officer Timothy Sheehan, whose report stated that one of the victims notified police after she was repeatedly approached by the suspect who claimed she needed help to pay rent and other bills but never fulfilled promises to pay back the money taken.
The series of scams began on June 28, the report said, but most of the thefts took place this month.
Sacco was arrested Aug. 21 after an investigation revealed that the suspect had been "preying on elderly and disabled people by ‘borrowing money' with no intention of paying it back," the report said.
Police said she "admitted to taking all of the money mentioned and made no attempt to pay any of it back," with one exception involving a partial repayment of $70 under a court order.
Sacco was charged with two counts of larceny over $250 involving two disabled people over 60, as well as larceny under $250 from a disabled person over 60, and released into her own custody.
She is scheduled to be arraigned on Sept. 8 in Southern Berkshire District Court in Great Barrington.
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