The mother of an autistic man whose bank account was emptied for a fictitious scam believes he was targeted because of his disability.
“I’m angry that this happened,” said Susan Torrie, “and I’m angry that he was taken advantage of.”
Three weeks ago, her son Robert Jarecsni was getting off the bus at Ottawa’s Rideau Centre when two women cut him off and asked him for money for a fictitious scam. Jarecsni initially said no but the women ramped up their pleas, calling the situation an emergency in need of urgent care.
“She manoeuvred him towards the bank machine, got him to put in his PIN, and as soon as he put in his PIN, she moved him out of the way and emptied his bank account,” said Torrie.
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