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Oct 26, 2012 8:23 PM by The Associated Press

Man pleads not guilty in LA in grandparent scam

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A Canadian man accused of scamming money from people by convincing them their grandchildren were in danger overseas has pleaded not guilty to federal charges in Los Angeles.

Pascal Goyer was arrested Thursday after his flight from Mexico landed at Los Angeles International Airport.

City News Service reports the 29-year-old Goyer is one of a half-dozen people named in a Sept. 25 federal grand jury indictment charging them with wire fraud, attempted wire fraud and aiding and abetting.

Prosecutors say the defendants told grandparents their relatives needed money to resolve a problem, such as car trouble.

The indictment alleges that wire transfers were sent from alleged victims in six California cities, including Burbank, Canyon Country, Tarzana and Irvine. The transfers involved amounts ranging from $1,000 to nearly $3,000.

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