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PLAINS TOWNSHIP, Pa. -- A man from Old Forge is accused of swindling more than $170,000 from an 83-year-old woman he met at a casino.

Police say in July and August of 2017, Richard Hannick, 63, of Old Forge convinced an 83-year-old woman from Luzerne County to give him more than $170,000.

According to arrest papers: it all started at Mohegan Sun Pocono Casino in July of 2017 when Hannick met the woman.

After meeting, Hannick told the victim he was in a bind with money. The woman from Wright Township felt bad and gave him $100 so he would leave her alone. Moments later, Hannick returned, asking for money to use at the casino. The victim then handed over $700 in casino cash.

Hannick then told the victim he could help her daughter get a job and convinced her to give him more than $1,000 to convince his cousin to hire her.

The next day, after Hannick said he wanted to pay the woman, the two met up again at a McDonalds in Mountain Top. He told her his wife froze his 401K account and that he owed taxes on an expensive home in Florida. He also gave her a false name and address.

The two then went into a bank in Mountain Top together. The victim withdrew $5,000 and gave it to Hannick.

This happened several more times over the next few months, including a $20,000 withdrawal from a bank in Scranton and other withdrawals from banks in Wilkes-Barre Township, Wilkes-Barre, and Hanover Township.

The victim stated to police that at one point she was crying before going into a bank and Hannick said, "Stop crying or they won't give you the money."

Finally, in August of 2017, the daughter of the victim noticed that nearly $200,000 was missing from their joint account.

That's when investigators got involved.

On April 8, Hannick was arrested and arraigned the following day. He's been hit with a slew of charges, including 12 counts of theft by deception.

In addition, Hannick is also facing more charges for stealing close to $3,000 from other individuals.

1 Comment

  • Rusty Knyffe

    Sadly, unless the woman is proven to be mentally incompetent, she can do whatever she wants with her money, including giving it to a sick, rat-bastid swindler like Hannick.

    The problem here is that there are no real Laws that protect the elderly from such scum, and Hannick knows this as this is most likely not his first time around this type of deception. Typically, meeting someone in a CASINO is a screaming, flapping red flag. NEVER, ever, ever, ever give money to ANYONE with a sob story. Bottom line.

    For those who are fearing for their elderly loved ones’ finances, make certain that you are directly involved in a loving and caring manner – let your loved ones know that giving their money to people who claim that they are in trouble is a very common scam. People do terrible things to other people over money, and a CASINO is not the place where we’ll typically find trustworthy strangers.

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