Duson woman arrested in connection with Nigerian scam

Posted at 10:27 AM, Jun 12, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-12 11:27:26-04

A 60-year-old Duson woman was arrested in connection with a scam originating in Nigeria, according to investigators. 

The Scott Police Department worked in conjunction with the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office in Montgomery, Texas, regarding a Texas resident who was a victim of a scam originating from Nigeria, according to Sgt. Caleb Lege, spokesman for the Scott Police Department. 

The victim sent money to a potential employer for a start-up business, and the money was re-routed to Nigeria, stated the spokesman.

Joan Breaux allegedly admitted to investigators that she assisted the scammer by collecting the money, sent through Western Union by the victim. Breaux then sent the money to Nigeria, by Money Gram as instructed by the scammer, according to investigators. Breaux then kept a percentage of the money for her services.

Although only one victim has been identified, Breaux revealed that she has performed this action nearly a dozen times; therefore more potential victims have yet to be identified, stated Lege. 

Joan Breaux was arrested on a charge of felony theft and was booked into the Lafayette Parish Jail.