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Police crack million-dollar scheme to defraud people in United States

February 12, 2014

Judicial Investigation Police (OIJ) raided three homes and an office in Escazú Tuesday morning as part of an investigation into a million-dollar fraud and money laundering scheme that targeted people living in the United States, according to a statement from OIJ.

Suspects allegedly called people living in the U.S. to convince them they had won prizes and could collect after depositing U.S. dollars in a Costa Rican bank account. Once they defrauded the victims, the suspects then allegedly laundered the money through two legitimate businesses, a spa and tattoo parlor.

Authorities discovered a makeshift call center in one of the homes, along with three pistols, an AR-15 rifle and $24,000 in cash.

Police arrested two suspects.

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