SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — A Canadian man suspected of conning an 86-year-old widow and other victims out of more than $100,000 is being extradited from Montreal to Southern California, officials said Thursday.
Daniel Marcotte, 30, will be booked in the Orange County Men's Jail on suspicion of fraud, said Sgt. Philip Gonshak of the Seal Beach Police Department.
Marcotte allegedly called the widow in February 2013 claiming to be the victim's grandson. He said he was in a Mexican jail and needed $15,000 dollars in cash sent to "Matthew Jones" at a New York address, Gonshak said.
Two days later, Marcotte allegedly called the victim again saying he needed an additional $15,000. She sent the money both times but became suspicious after the second call and contacted the Seal Beach police, according to Gonshak.
"A lot of these telephone frauds are hard to track down because you don't have any leads to what they look like," Gonshak said.
Gonshak said there were other victims but that they don't know how many.
After the widow sent the money, Marcotte picked it up himself from a New York Fed Ex business center, Gonshak said. He was caught on surveillance camera, which was used by officials to identify him.
"Because the suspect went to go pick up the money himself, this was one of the few success stories where we were able to identify him," Gonshak said.
Marcotte was arrested last September in Montreal. His defense was trying to fight extradition while Marcotte was in custody but it was waived, Gonshak said.
It wasn't immediately clear if Marcotte, who has yet to be formally charged in Orange County, had retained a U.S. attorney.