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Price Co. Officer honored for role in romance fraud bust

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PRICE COUNTY, Wis. (WAOW) -

The Department of Justice honored a Price County investigator Thursday for his role in bringing down an international cyber crime operation.

One of the victims the scammers targeted lives in Price County. The individual brought the case to the sheriff's department, and Investigator Chris Jarosinski took the lead.

The scam involved a woman promising love and companionship and offering to move to Price County to be closer to the victim. She also said she had a large inheritance coming in, but told the victim he would need to pay taxes on the money. This ultimately conned the victim out of $160,000, which is now overseas, and forever out of his hands.

While the criminals were successful, their future scams were thwarted - in large part to Jarosinski.

"The individuals exploited vulnerable people at their weakest moment to live the high life," said U.S. Attorney Scott Blader. "And now they live in prison, and that's where they need to be. And the Department of Justice was able to do that because of people like Mr. Jarosinski."

Jarosinski brought the case to the attention of federal investigators, and the agencies teamed up. 

The Price County Sheriff's Department is a small operation, and officers are forced to take on several different roles. But that didn't stop Jarosinski from pursuing this case aggressively.

"When the situation is such, I think we in local law enforcement need to take a moment and go the next step," he said. "When somebody comes in to report themselves being a victim of a crime, that's not their fault if we have other things going on. We have to stop what we're doing and address it."

The scammers didn't just hit Wisconsin, but victims all across the U.S. and Canada. 

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