Man tried to scam family that lost 7 in fatal crash

North Las Vegas police are investigating allegations that a man tried to scam a couple that lost seven relatives in a crash last month, city officials announced Monday.

Days after the Jan. 29 crash, a stranger arrived at the grieving couple’s house and offered to help, Erlinda Zacarias, who lost four children, a brother and two adult stepsons, told the Las Vegas Review-Journal on Monday.

Initially, the man who spoke with broken Spanish and identified himself as Steve Prz appeared to help. The couple later learned that was not his real name.

The next day, the couple were leaving home when the stranger arrived and told them, “don’t leave because the mayor is coming,” Zacarias said in Spanish.

Later, the alleged scammer gained the couple’s trust when he produced copies of birth certificates of the victims after Zacarias could not find the originals.


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