A Griffin man was arrested Tuesday after an investigation revealed he allegedly scammed an elderly Wisconsin woman out of thousands of dollars of cash.

Kuldip Patel, 23, is charged with felony theft by taking and felony theft by deception.

According to a press release issued Wednesday by the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office, SCSO investigators executed search warrants Tuesday at a Macon Road residence and at the Orchard Hill Food Mart.

After communicating with investigators in Germantown, Wisconsin, SCSO investigators were able to determine that the victim had mailed $20,000 in cash to the Macon Road residence after she became the reported victim of a phone scam.

The SCSO was able to recover all of the cash and the packaging material used for mailing the money to the suspect, and the SCSO is now in the process of returning the cash to the victim, according to Spalding County Sheriff Darrell Dix.

“This victim was very lucky because most scams do not end well for them,” Dix said. “It’s pathetic that people intentionally target the elderly like this and just view them as easy prey that they can take advantage of. Please speak to your loved ones about steps they can take to not be victimized by scams.”

Dix also praised the work of the SCSO’s investigators and CAGE unit.

The investigation was a “great investigation of teamwork and communication between the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office and Wisconsin investigators,” Dix added.

“Everyone involved from both agencies worked hard to do all they could to help this victim, and their hard work paid off,” Dix said.