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Canadian arrested in Honolulu in sweepstakes scam

Williams Eronini Njoku (center) Williams Eronini Njoku (center)

HONOLULU (AP) - FBI agents in Honolulu have arrested a naturalized Canadian citizen from Nigeria who is accused in a lottery scam.
    
Williams Eronini Njoku was arrested Wednesday on mail and wire fraud charges when he landed at Honolulu International Airport on a WestJet Airlines flight from Canada.
    
The FBI says it appears he traveled to Hawaii as a tourist. The FBI had information that he would be on the flight.
    
According to a federal grand jury indictment, he and others allegedly targeted California victims on the phone by telling them they won a lottery or sweepstakes but the winnings would only be released if money was wired to Canada for fees and other charges.
    
The 35-year-old was being transported to court Thursday and couldn't be reached for comment.

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