On 2-22-11, Houma Police detectives conducted an investigation into a scam that had connections in Africa and successfully arrested a middle person that was funneling money to an individual at an unknown location in within the foreign country.

            On 2-21-11, Houma Police received a packet from the Mississippi Attorney General’s Office within Hinds County in reference to a 42 year old female victim, who lives in Mississippi, filed a complaint with their agency regarding a fraudulent scam. Houma Police detectives learned that the victim in Mississippi was talking with an individual, Susan Lovell, via the internet, in reference to purchasing a vehicle, which was described as being a 2007 Toyota Camry. The victim understood that the vehicle was in Mexico and the seller resided in Canada. She was also informed via internet that she was to conduct all business with Susan Lovell, who was introduced as a Moneybrokers agent. The victim was instructed to send a $600 deposit via Western Union to secure the purchase of the vehicle. Once it was sent, she was instructed to send an additional $500, which was described as an insurance fee.

Through investigation detectives learned that the $600 Western Union money transfer was picked up at Nocko’s on Grand Calliou Rd., by Susan Lovell. Detective learned the victim began to question the transaction and sent several emails, but Ms. Lovell refused to respond.

            On 2-22-11, Houma Police detectives developed an address for Susan Lovell and contacted her. As a result of the investigation, Susan Lovell-w/f, 46 years old, residing at 3428 Grand Calliou Rd. was located and arrested for 1-ct. Theft Over $500. Susan Lovell is suspected of sending money via Western Union to unknown subject(s) in Africa since October of 2010.

            The Houma Police Department would like to inform individuals to use extreme caution when conducting business via the internet, especially when it involves dealing with transactions in other countries.