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Nine arrested in international online sales scam case

handcuffsBATON ROUGE, La. — Seven people in Louisiana and two others in Mississippi have been arrested in connection with an international online sales scam.

A news release from Louisiana Attorney General Buddy Caldwell’s office on Tuesday said the nine are suspected to have ties to organized crime in Romania.

They are alleged to have stolen about $1.4 million from more than 500 people.

The scam described by Caldwell involved redirecting online shoppers away from websites such as eBay and Craigslist to imitation sites and collecting money from them through money services such as Western Union.

Agencies involved in the investigation and arrests included Attorneys General offices in Louisiana and Mississippi, Louisiana State Police, federal authorities and local authorities in St. Landry Parish, St. Martin Parish, Calcasieu Parish, Pearl River and Lafayette.

 

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