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Canadian woman who bilked the elderly to be sentenced in Los Angeles

A Canadian woman convicted of mail fraud targeting elderly victims was scheduled to be sentenced in federal court Monday morning in Los Angeles.

Carrie Elizabeth Hope, 35, of Surrey in the Canadian province of British Columbia was arrested in 2007 and charged with wire fraud, mail fraud and telemarketing fraud against the elderly. Mark Eldon Wilson, also of Surrey, was arrested in the same case.

The arrests came as a result of an investigation by the Project Emptor Task Force, which focuses on cross-border scams in Canada and the United States.

According to a statement from the U.S. attorney’s office, the couple ran a telemarketing scheme from 1998 to 2001, hiring telemarketers to sell fraudulent credit card protection programs to customers across the United States, including in Los Angeles.

They did business under the names American Fraud Watch Services and Debt Service International.

Hope pleaded guilty to one count of mail fraud, according to court documents. Her sentencing is scheduled for 9 a.m. at the federal courthouse at 312 N. Spring St.

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