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Three women arrested in Mérida on years of scam charges

Mérida, Yucatan — Three women who police say have been scamming people for years by stealing money through credit cards have been arrested by federal police.

Police with the Secretariat of Public Security of Yucatan report arresting three women who they say have been operating in Mérida for four years. They say the trio continually changed their names and offices, something that made them difficult to find.

The three women are accused of numerous crimes including stealing large sums of money from credit cards. They say the woman are wanted on charges in 11 Mexican states.

In a media release, police report arresting Abril Estefanía Quiñones Enríquez/Leslie Adriana Castillo Cortés, Katya Rodríguez Vázquez and Francia Noemí Ordaz Puerto. They say they were taken into custody in the vicinity of the Montecristo de Mérida subdivision in the city of Mérida.

State police also arrived to corroborate the identity of the women who are wanted for various scams in other parts of the country. They are reported to have worked for a small group of men who were also known to have scammed millions of peso from people in Monterrey, Aguascalientes, Coahuila, Chiapas, Guanajuato, Jalisco, Michoacán, Veracruz, Tabasco, Tamaulipas and Yucatan.

The names the women used to operate include Seglot (Global Tourism Services), Diamond Tourism Marketer, Global Booking Central, Corporate Travel Agency, Riviera Coast Travel, Travel Peninsular, PromoMid, Check In, Costa Maya and Target Travel, among others.

In 2010, the Federal Consumer Protection Agency issued a national alert against the organization who had already committed thousands of scams. The women were finally caught after two people who were defrauded, met with them to negotiate the return of money and cancel their travels.

During the meeting, one of them began recording the meeting. The women reacted, demanding the video be erased. When the people refused to erase the video or hand over their phone, the women became physically and verbally aggressive, refusing to let them leave the plaza.

Onlookers called 911.