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$2 MILLION GOES THROUGH AREA BANKS IN NIGERIAN PHONE SCAM

(Connersville, IN)--A Nigerian scam with a strong connection to the Whitewater Valley has been busted.  Connersville police have recovered $100,000 in cash in a raid late last week.  The scam is thought to have involved at least $2 million.  The scammers were collecting money from all over the United States under the pretense of a donation for victims of an oil rig explosion.  The money was then wired from Connersville to Nigeria.  67-year-old Fay Santillanes was arrested after a traffic stop.  A search warrant uncovered the cash.  Santillanes also had bank accounts in Richmond.  Local banks will not be responsible for the loss.