Agents say woman ran auction scam on acquaintances

Judicial agents picked up a woman in Sabanilla Tuesday and said she engineered a series of frauds that netted 22 million colons or about $44,000.

But the way in which she did it was an invitation to be arrested. The woman, 54, contacted persons who knew her and said she was a lawyer and had inside information of motor vehicles that were going to be auctioned.

Agents claimed she led them on by asking for a small amount of money and then refunding it when the supposed auction did not take place. They called this the hook.

But the next time the bite was much bigger.  Agents attribute nine different cases of this type of fraud to the women.

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