FREDERICK, Md.—A Frederick man has been charged after police uncovered a scheme in which an individual pretending to be a Dominican Republic ambassador to the U.S. defrauded a New York state senator and the senator’s constituents out of about $11,500, police said Thursday.
Francisco Alberto Calcano of the 100 block of Willowdale Drive has been charged with fraud, theft over $10,000 and theft scheme, according to the Frederick Police Department.
The scheme was conducted by an individual who called victims on the phone, according to a news release from the Frederick Police Department.
The person was able to defraud the senator and the senator’s constituents out of money by promising that the money collected would go towards emergency and utility vehicles and the shipment of the vehicles to the Dominican Republic, the release said.
The release did not say which senator was the victim.
The New York County District Attorney’s Office assisted in the investigation, police said.