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Online Scamming Suspect Arrested at Helena Regional Airport

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The hunt for an Internet scam mer came to a close last night at the Helena Regional Airport with the foreign suspect behind bars, ABC Montana's Joe Moeller brings us more.

Like the old saying goes, if it is too good to be true it probably is. Scanners try everyday all around the world to scam money out of innocent people. Nearly a month the Helena Police Department was contacted from an individual who had claimed he had one a prize lottery via email, but first needed to pay a small fee in order to obtain the lottery money.

"This person decided to send money and what was kind of different about this one is it actually developed where one of the people supposedly belonged to the lottery was flying out here to see this person." said Helena Police Chief Troy McGee.

Once police started investigating this case, they worked on getting another supposed lottery official to come to Helena.

"Promise him more money and somebody did fly out last night and we did arrest him on this lottery scam." continued McGee.

And it was here at the Helena Regional Airport where Helena Police Department Criminal Investigators caught Delano McKenzie in relation to one of these too good to be true scams.

After contacting the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Jamaican national, Delano McKenzie here on a visa who is believed to have scammed the Helena individual out of $20,000, is now behind bars and appeared in court Friday afternoon.

"This is my first time watching this video I am unaware of what is going on." said Delano McKenzie in court.

"This is punishable in Montana by a $50,000 fine and up to 10 years in prison or both if you are found guilty or plead guilty to this offense." said Lewis and Clark County Judge Michael Single. 

This case could be brought to federal court, and the feds are aware of McKenzie arrest here in Helena. His bail is set at $75,000. The Helena Police Department wants people to be aware  and cautious of these scams.

"If you are not sure, check with us, give us a call, we will look at it we have seen them all we can check with the feds too if it looks like something we haven't seen before." added McGee.

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