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Bountiful man accused of conning elderly woman out of $125K

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Posted at 2:28 PM, Apr 07, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-07 16:55:06-04

SALT LAKE COUNTY — A Bountiful man is accused of conning an elderly woman out of tens of thousands of dollars.

Leslie Jay Price is seen in a 2001 mug shot.

Leslie Jay Price is seen in a 2001 mug shot.

The alleged victim, an 81-year-old business owner, told police she met Leslie Jay Price through a regular customer at her Midvale consignment store. According to a probable cause statement, Price began visiting the store, offering to provide security and manual labor.

According to a probable cause statement, Price made several claims to the woman, including that he was going to lose his house, he was dying of Hepatitis C, he was a sheriff’s officer on medical leave, he was part of secret military group and he had security clearance higher than the president.

Price is accused of asking the woman for money and purchases, stating that he could pay her back. The alleged victim stated Price talked her into buying a GMC Denali for him to help him expand his business, with the understanding that Price would make payments on the loan and pay for insurance.

The woman said she repossessed the Denali after Price didn’t make the payments on time, which damaged her credit. A gun she acquired for Price was also repossessed, the statement said.

Price is also accused of taking thousands of dollars from the woman in several instances between February and July 2015. Price allegedly told the woman he needed financial help because his home was burglarized and he was at risk of losing the house. The woman told police Price had conned her out of approximately $125,000.

The alleged victim also stated Price has stalked her. In one alleged instance, Price called her at her place of business, but she didn’t want to talk with him and disconnected the call. She said Price then sent her a text message that said he had been outside the store for an hour and a half and did not see any customers come or go.

Price faces a second-degree felony charge of exploitation of a vulnerable adult.