2 accused of scamming veteran

10:28 AM, Nov 15, 2013   |    comments
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ROCKLEDGE, Fla. -Two people were jailed Thursday after police said they tried to rip off a military veteran.

Authorities said Philip Cassamassima and Dora Richards pretended to be an attorney and a registered nurse in the business of assisting veterans with receiving disability benefits from the military.

Officials said Cassamassima and Richards charged the victim thousands of dollars for phony services from Quest Litigations.

Investigators said the pair told the victim they could get him between $10,000 and $250,000 in disability benefits, but he would have to pay a $1,000 fee.

Cassamassina and Richards claimed they won 90 percent of their cases.

But the victim became suspicious and did some online research, and realized Cassamassina had a criminal record.

In court, the prosecutor pointed out the pattern.

"This is right in line with his MO, the kind of thing he runs, and what makes this more deplorable is he's exploiting a veteran. That's about as low as it gets," the prosecutor said.

Cassamassina and Richards had paperwork with names and other appointment times when they were arrested, so police believe there are other victims.

Anyone who may have had contact with the pair should contact authorities.

WESH

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