Sunday, April 26, 2015

B.C. sends $70,000 to 91-year-old California woman scammed by locals

British Columbia's civil forfeiture office repaid $70,000 to a 91-year-old California woman who was tricked into giving away her life savings to a lottery scam. The office seized a Vancouver building that it identified as the headquarters of an alleged ring of international fraudsters. The property sold for almost $900,000. Justice Minister Suzanne Anton said Wednesday repaying fraud victims is "normal practice" for the office. "That's been a long-established use of civil forfeiture funds," she said. "The fraud is established. The money is recovered. It is repaid back to the victims."