On 3/12/2018 the Newville Police Department received a phone call from a 90 year old resident of Green Ridge Village Retirement Community. The resident advised she had been scammed via telephone. She reported that she had received a phone call on 3/9/2018 from a man identifying himself as her grandson. The alleged grandson advised he had wrecked his rental car in NC and was in police custody. He advised he needed $2000 for bail. Another male identifying himself as a Public Defender took the phone and advised the victim that she needed to purchase a gift card at Target and call them back. The victim then went to Target and purchased the gift card. Shen then called the phone number back and advised the scammer of the pertinent information off of the card.
After buying the card and supplying the information, the victim felt uneasy about the situation and called her grandson. Her grandson advised that he was fine and was not in NC.
The NPD researched the gift card number and worked with Target to identify the transactions which the card was used for. The card was used to purchase high end electronics in the state of Oregon. Via surveillance photos, pictures of the suspect and his vehicle were obtained. The person driving the rental car was then identified as a Ukrainian citizen.
NPD contacted Immigration and Customs Enforcement and confirmed the identity of the subject as Igor Matvoyka (29) a Ukrainian and Hungarian citizen. ICE agents were able to provide the alleged locations of the subject and advised he had left the US a few days before we contacted them.
A felony warrant and ICE detainer were issued in April 2018 in hopes the subject returned to the United States. On 7/31/2018 Matyovka returned the US through JFK airport and was detained. The felony warrant was served and Matyovka was extradited to Pennsylvania.
Matyovka was arraigned on 8/17/2018 and bail was denied. A preliminary hearing was scheduled on felony charges of Theft by Deception and Receiving Stolen Property.