SLIDELL, LA - The Slidell Police Department arrested a "Nigerian Prince" who they say is responsible for scamming people out of thousands of dollars.
After an extensive 18-month investigation, SPD arrested Michael Neu, 67, Slidell, for 269 counts of Wire Fraud and Money Laundering.
SPD suspects Neu to have been the "middle man" who participated in hundreds of financial transactions, involving phone and internet scams, designed to con money from victims across the United States.
According to Detective Daniel Seuzeneau of the Slidell PD, some of the money obtained by Neu was subsequently wired to co-conspirators in the Country of Nigeria.
Slidell Police Chief Randy Fandal said, “If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Never give out personal information over the phone, through e-mail, cash checks for other individuals, or wire large amounts of money to someone you don’t know. 99.9 percent of the time, it’s a scam.”
The investigation is ongoing, but is extremely difficult as many leads have led to individuals who live outside of the United States
The Slidell Police Department stated that this scam, along with others, are becoming a common practice all across the United States. If someone call’s you claiming to be an official of a government agency, your local utility company, a law enforcement official, or anything similar, ask for a callback number and verify the person is legitimate.
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