Police say the elderly woman believed the callers who said her grandson was behind bars in Peru and needed money wired in several installments to get him out.
Akin said in a statement Thursday that the fact that the embassy attack occurred on Sept. 11 suggests it was planned and not spontaneous.
Family attorney alleges scheme targeting Americans.
Senator Dick Durbin of Illinois is outraged that a group of Americans could face charges in Egypt.
Kevin Sweeney says his son called this morning from the phone of a U.S. Embassy official and spoke “very briefly” with his mother.
Joy Sweeney says her son was the peacemaker in the family while growing up, and she doesn’t believe that Derrik threw firebombs at Egyptian security forces.