Almedia Woolfork, 60, of Joy Road, told authorities she was leaving Ross Dress for Less, at 3412 Wrightsboro Road, about 12:30 p.m. Tuesday when she was approached by a man who went by the name Jamal Abdullah, according to a Sheriff’s Office incident report.
Abdullah told Woolfork he had inherited $150,000 but couldn’t take the money back to his home in South Africa. He said he wanted to give the money to a family member who was a member of the African Baptist Church, then waved down a man named Charles in the parking lot. Woolfork drove the men to her church, Macedonia Baptist Church, to help Abdullah locate his relative, the report said.
Woolfork and Abdullah waited outside while Charles went inside to talk to the office manager. When Charles returned, he told Woolfork and Abdullah that the African Baptist Church had burned down and that Abdullah’s relative was dead, the report said. Abdullah then said he would turn the money over to a “responsible” person, and asked Woolfork and Charles to withdraw money from their banks to show they were responsible.
Woolfork drove to the Bank of America at 3509 Wrightsboro Road and withdrew $3,000. She handed the money to Abdullah, who wrapped it in a bandana to “pray over it,” the report said.
Woolfork dropped Abdullah and Charles off in the Ross parking lot. When Woolfork later looked in the bandana, there were only blank pieces of paper.