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1 Romanian national surrenders, 2nd still wanted in alleged Craigslist scam out of Lafayette


LAFAYETTE, Louisiana — The U.S. Marshals Service says officials have arrested one of two Romanian men accused of scamming people out of more than $1 million on Craigslist and other classified advertising websites.

Spokesman Corey Britt said in a news release Tuesday that 49-year-old Gheorghe ("George") Olar surrendered Oct. 29.

He says 31-year-old Dorin Racu remains a fugitive.

It was not clear whether either has an attorney. Both men were living in the Lafayette area.

Authorities did not give details about the alleged scam, but say hundreds of people in Louisiana and other states were defrauded.

The Marshals Service is asking for tips and says a cash reward is available for information leading to Racu's arrest. He's described as white, 5-foot-10, 170 pounds, with brown eyes, black hair, and tattoos on both arms.

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