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Jamaica woman accused of conning elderly Canadian

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May 16, 2013 04:51 PM EST | AP


KINGSTON, Jamaica — A Jamaican woman has been charged with fraud after allegedly swindling an elderly Canadian man in a lottery scam.

For years, numerous Jamaican fraudsters have conned mostly elderly Americans out of their retirement savings by promising that they've won millions in an international lottery but they need to wire a payment to cover taxes.

In a Thursday statement, financial investigators say the new arrest is the first one to go before Jamaica's courts involving a Canadian victim. Police say there could be a "worrying shift" of global locales targeted by Jamaican scammers.

The 75-year-old victim from Alberta says he was persuaded to send $30,000 to Jamaica.

Suspect Santressa Kerr was arrested Wednesday at her home in northwest Jamaica. It is not known if she has a lawyer.