Canadian who ran grandparents scam sentenced in Los Angeles to 5 years in federal prison


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LOS ANGELES — A Canadian man who scammed money from people by convincing them their grandchildren were in danger overseas has been sentenced to five years in federal prison.

City News Service says Pascal Goyer was sentenced in Los Angeles for wire fraud.

He's one of about a half-dozen people charged with running a scheme in which grandparents in Southern California were contacted and told their grandchildren or other relatives were in trouble overseas.

The victims were told to send money for such things as bail or car accident repairs.

Prosecutors say victims in six cities sent wire transfers for $1,000 to $3,000 — and the money went to the scammers.

Four co-defendants remain in Canada and authorities are seeking their extradition.

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