LONGVIEW, Wash. — Cowlitz County authorities have arrested a Las Vegas couple accused of scamming people nationwide out of $430,000.

The couple is accused of telling victims a virus would kill off all the data in their computer unless they paid them to repair it.

The Daily News reported (http://bit.ly/2xMEtA4 ) Wednesday that a Cowlitz County woman was hit badly by the scam, having lost $35,000. The County Sheriff’s Office had been investigating her losses for a year before Detective Lorenzo Gladson and Sgt. Brad Thurman obtained an extraditable warrant and traveled to Las Vegas to arrest the couple.

Thirty-nine-year-old Nerraj Kohli and his wife, 36-year-old Shweta Kohli, were taken into custody at their home and are awaiting extradition.

Chief Criminal Deputy Charlie Rosenzweig says the couple admitted they are in the United States illegally.

Information from: The Daily News, http://www.tdn.com

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