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Alleged scammer fakes labor pains

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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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2 Responses

  1. N.B.Tattoo says:

    GOOD JOB!!!!! I get emails all the time with stuff like that and I’m glad she was caught… Now go be a mother in jail…. She ripped off a lot of people so do not feel bad!!! Should have thought about you kid when u were scamming people…

  2. God help the poor little baby that will soon be born to this loser. She should put it up for adoption to give it a chance at a good life.