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Editor: Gerry W. Beyer
Texas Tech Univ. School of Law

Friday, April 17, 2015

A Woman's Inheritance Scam

Gavel 3After Helen Lurene Elias told her friends she received an inheritance but needed help in paying off the estate’s tax and liens, she scammed them out of $300,00.  According to prosecutors, Helen promised her friends big returns in exchange for their loans and used her ruse to get between $3,000 and $105,000 from at least ten people.

When victims asked Helen for their money back, she told them she needed more money to pay additional expenses.  “If they did not have more money, she urged them to reach out to family and friends for financial assistance so the encumbrances could be lifted and everyone could be paid.”  Helen even signed IOUs promising repayment.  Helen was arraigned Monday on fraud and grand larceny.

See Josh Saul, Woman Busted in $300K Inheritance Scam: DA, New York Post, Apr. 14, 2015.

Special thanks to Brian Cohan (Attorney at Law, Law Offices of Brian J. Cohan, P.C.) for bringing this article to my attention.


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Hi Brian,

I wonder why people gave her thousands of dollars on a promise of a payment? Did she come up with a fake Will or did she really inherited a fortune and decide to rob a few souls?

Posted by: Property Saviour | Apr 20, 2015 2:11:02 AM

What was Helen's motive to rob her own family and friends apart from just greed?

Posted by: Property Saviour | Apr 20, 2015 2:11:57 AM

She is at it again what do I do she doesn’t think I know her history

Posted by: Greg nougues | Jun 23, 2019 3:24:26 PM

Think she at it again

Posted by: Brian | Jun 23, 2019 3:26:45 PM

she is back at it again !!!! she got me too...

Posted by: jasmine | Jul 24, 2020 9:45:35 AM

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