By Daniel Tepfer
BRIDGEPORT – A local woman accused of ripping off an elderly Michigan woman with a so-called “Nigerian” scam, claimed she was going into labor when detectives took her into custody.
“She is eight months pregnant and she told us she was having contractions,” Police Detective Frank Podpolucha said. “We took her to the hospital but she was later released.”
Tomeeka Cooper, 26, of Freemont Street, was charged with second-degree larceny.
Podpolucha said Cooper had been contacting a number of elderly people around the country claiming they had won a lottery but needed to send her money in order to pay off the taxes on the win before they could be awarded their prizes.
He said Cooper informed the 79-year-old Michigan woman she had won a Mercedes and a BMW and convinced the victim to send her $2,500. U.S. However, after sending the money the woman had second thoughts and contacted the post office.
Podpolucha said postal inspectors here intercepted the victim’s payment and called the police. He said they then set up surveillance at the post office here and arrested Cooper on Friday when she picked up the letter from the victim containing the cash.
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