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Lottery scammer busted by Border Patrol

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A woman accused in Illinois and Florida scams and featured on the TV show "America's Most Wanted" was arrested in El Paso, Texas, a report said Wednesday.

Maria Gomez, 49, was among 16 illegal aliens U.S. Border Patrol agents detained when they were spotted crossing a river near the U.S.-Mexican border.

The high-profile arrest occurred Monday evening when Border Patrol agents witnessed a group of people crossing the river four miles from the Zaragoza Bridge, trying to sneak into the United States illegally.

Gomez is "one of three suspected con artists who tricked the elderly into giving them money to cash fake lottery tickets in Illinois," Border Patrol officials said in a written release.

The scam targeted elderly Latino residents in Wheaton, Ill.  Gomez stole more than $10,000 to cash fake lottery tickets, authorities said.

The woman also is accused in a similar scam in Hialeah, Fla.

A fingerprint check revealed the outstanding Illinois warrant for the woman featured on the Fox TV program last month.

"She was turned over to the El Paso Police Department to the warrants division and she is being houses at the El Paso County Detention Facility pending extradition to Illinois," said Romero Cordero, with the El Paso Border Patrol.

A woman accused in Illinois and Florida scams and featured on the TV show

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gocart1's avatar - lighthouse
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Posted: April 26, 2006, 11:33 pm - IP Logged

ok......so lets nail her to the cross for scamming the elderly .and do it on live tv.i hate when someone does mean things to the elderly that have worked so hard for there money.as an electrician ,i see the elderly getting ripped off by so many contracters.its as mean as vandalizeing a graveyard

    gocart1's avatar - lighthouse
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    Posted: April 26, 2006, 11:37 pm - IP Logged

    i worked in a new york city jail for a few years as an electrician and i can say she'll get the beating of her life ,that she needs

      gocart1's avatar - lighthouse
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      Posted: April 26, 2006, 11:48 pm - IP Logged

      i can only hope that the elderly she scammed hit for some big money.

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        Posted: April 26, 2006, 11:54 pm - IP Logged

        if i were to hit a jackpot i think i would repay the money to the elderly people that got scammed.money is nice thing to have but if you cant make someone happy with it ,it aint everything.

          gocart1's avatar - lighthouse
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          Posted: April 26, 2006, 11:55 pm - IP Logged

          sorry for so many postings but this really hit home for me

            Konformthismfs's avatar - lisasham
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            Posted: April 26, 2006, 11:56 pm - IP Logged

            Is this one of them jobs americans won't do? hehe

            It's not what you got,  It's what you give,  It's not the life you choose, It's the life you live! Guitar

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              Posted: April 27, 2006, 3:17 pm - IP Logged

              glad she was busted.......

                Tenaj's avatar - michellea
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                Posted: April 27, 2006, 3:33 pm - IP Logged

                Is this one of them jobs americans won't do? hehe

                ROFL

                takeemtothebank

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                  Posted: April 30, 2006, 1:44 pm - IP Logged

                  if i were to hit a jackpot i think i would repay the money to the elderly people that got scammed.money is nice thing to have but if you cant make someone happy with it ,it aint everything.

                  Are you saying that you would repay the money lost to the elderly people who got scammed by this lady or all elderly people who get scammed? They may take you up on that offer if you ever win big and you post it here. Wink

                  Dance like no one is watching.

                    justxploring's avatar - villiarna
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                    Posted: April 30, 2006, 2:15 pm - IP Logged

                    if i were to hit a jackpot i think i would repay the money to the elderly people that got scammed.money is nice thing to have but if you cant make someone happy with it ,it aint everything.

                    Are you saying that you would repay the money lost to the elderly people who got scammed by this lady or all elderly people who get scammed? They may take you up on that offer if you ever win big and you post it here. Wink

                    And a lot of those claims will probably be scams!!

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                      Posted: April 30, 2006, 2:59 pm - IP Logged

                      Go To the Polls ......................!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

                      "Tuesday, May 2nd (and) VOTE"....Yes__!! or ....No__!!

                      ******************illegal immigrants poll *******************

                      Proper ID...............Required!!!!!

                      lol

                      PSYKOMO 

                                 
                       

                       

                        Konformthismfs's avatar - lisasham
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                        Posted: April 30, 2006, 5:19 pm - IP Logged

                        If the voting system really worked, it'd been done away with longggg ago! How many prop's have been voted in only to be overturned? How many props have been voted down only to be overturned by absentee ballots? How manys laws have been voted in only to be ignored or only enforced when they choose to enforce it? How many elections have been manipulated? Rigged? Bought? This list can go on forever!

                        It's not what you got,  It's what you give,  It's not the life you choose, It's the life you live! Guitar

                          psykomo's avatar - animal shark.jpg

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                          Posted: May 1, 2006, 9:43 am - IP Logged

                          If the voting system really worked, it'd been done away with longggg ago! How many prop's have been voted in only to be overturned? How many props have been voted down only to be overturned by absentee ballots? How manys laws have been voted in only to be ignored or only enforced when they choose to enforce it? How many elections have been manipulated? Rigged? Bought? This list can go on forever!

                          Konformthismfs:

                          You have many "GOOD" points in your Lottery Post statement..............

                          but, if you don't vote...........how do we determine if we are getting the

                          "honest leadership" or the....."SHAFT"!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

                          "L@@Ks" like you may be saying that we get the LATTERrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!

                          Remember to vote........Tuesday, May 2nd.......

                          Simply.....GO.....to the......Lottery Post Forum......too.......DISCUSSION!!!

                          "L@@K" for********illegal immigrants poll********** and VOTE!!!!!!

                          LOL

                          PSYKOMO 

                           

                           

                           


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                            Posted: May 3, 2006, 10:44 am - IP Logged

                            If the voting system really worked, it'd been done away with longggg ago! How many prop's have been voted in only to be overturned? How many props have been voted down only to be overturned by absentee ballots? How manys laws have been voted in only to be ignored or only enforced when they choose to enforce it? How many elections have been manipulated? Rigged? Bought? This list can go on forever!

                            Konformthismfs:

                            You have many "GOOD" points in your Lottery Post statement..............

                            but, if you don't vote...........how do we determine if we are getting the

                            "honest leadership" or the....."SHAFT"!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

                            "L@@Ks" like you may be saying that we get the LATTERrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!

                            Remember to vote........Tuesday, May 2nd.......

                            Simply.....GO.....to the......Lottery Post Forum......too.......DISCUSSION!!!

                            "L@@K" for********illegal immigrants poll********** and VOTE!!!!!!

                            LOL

                            PSYKOMO 

                             

                             

                             

                            That quote is "Greek" to me...