Fraud and theft suspect returned from El Salvador

A woman from the Cameroons has been returned to Costa Rica to face allegations that she defrauded a Costa Rican couple with a fake scheme to build hotels on the Caribbean coast. The Corte Suprema de Justicia in El Salvador authorized her extradition in early April.

The Poder Judicial identified the woman as Clemence Kamdem Djimi. The Poder Judicial said she passed herself off as a French investor in 2007 and 2008 and managed to obtain $15,000 in financing for her project. She then stole jewels and about $150,000 in cash from a safe, according to the current allegations.

Prosecutors allege that she fled the country in September 2008 for El Salvador with $143,000 in cash. Her arrival there did not go well because officials there found the money hidden in her body and asked her to justify the origin and then lodged a money laundering case against her. She was sentenced to two years and six months in prison but was granted conditional liberty in what amounted to work release, said sources in El Salvador.

Costa Rica sought her return in January 2009, and the woman was rearrested.

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