HACKENSACK, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — An Old Tappan, New Jersey man was charged Tuesday with swindling a 92-year-old woman out of more than $1 million.
Sonny Lee, 59, was charged with theft by deception and money laundering, the Bergen County Prosecutor’s office announced Monday.
He was arrested following a joint investigation between the Bergen County Prosecutor’s office White Collar Crimes Unit and Greenwich, Connecticut police, prosecutors said.
In late July, a Bank of America investigator reported unusual banking activity involving Lee and the woman, who was from Greenwich, prosecutors said.
Prosecutors believe Lee persuaded the older woman to donate more than $1 million to a Christian charity this year, but allege he was really taking the woman’s money for himself.
Lee made his initial court appearance Monday in Bergen County Municipal Court.