Torrance police have arrested two Inglewood residents on suspicion of financial elder abuse.
David Smith, 43, is accused of calling elderly Torrance residents and posing as a relative stranded at Burbank Airport and in need of money to get home. The suspect allegedly collected between $500 and $2,000 in each case, also posing as a go-between, police said.
Smith is being held on $1-million bail and will be charged Monday with 18 counts of financial elder abuse, authorities said.
An alleged accomplice, Shirley Evans, 42, is in custody on $50,000 bail and will be charged with five counts, authorities said.