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Man charged with taking more than $72,000 from his grandmother

September 07, 2011|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthew.umstead@herald-mail.com
  • James Quarrier Morrow
James Quarrier Morrow

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — A 25-year-old Martinsburg man is accused of taking more than $72,000 from his grandmother, who told police she lived in “constant” fear that someone would come to her house and harm her unless she gave her grandson money nearly every day, according to court records.

James Quarrier Morrow of 305 S. Raleigh St. was arraigned Wednesday afternoon on one felony count of fraudulent schemes by Berkeley County Magistrate Sandra L. Miller, according to court documents.

Morrow was in Eastern Regional Jail Wednesday night on a $50,000 cash-only bond that Miller set for the defendant, according to court documents and jail records.

Martinsburg Police Department Patrolman William Parks determined that between March and August 2011 the victim gave Morrow $72,750 after he told her several reasons for needing the money, court documents said.

The victim was extremely upset when she told police about how her grandson had claimed he was working for federal authorities and that he needed money to pay bonds in New York and local bondsmen, the documents said.

“According to (the victim), James also told her that the drug dealers know where she lives and that they may come after her,” Parks said in a complaint filed in magistrate court.

When Morrow was questioned about the allegations, police said the defendant admitted he was using the money for his drug habit and that he made up fake names and telephone numbers and gave them to his grandmother to make her believe the reasons he gave for needing the money were true, the court documents said.

The victim told police that she believed her grandson began telling her that he needed money because he was working for “the Feds” in March 2011, the documents said.

“James assured his grandmother that the Feds would reimburse her money eventually,” Parks wrote in the complaint.

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