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ORC 6-26-14



One of SATGIN’s “Most Wanted” Captured
by Law Enforcement


"Latin Lotto Scam" Thwarted by Intelligence Sharing Network

On June 11, 2014, one the South American Theft Groups Intelligence Network’s (SATGIN) most wanted subjects was captured in North Miami, Florida. Luz Perez was wanted in connection with a scheme to defraud the elderly. This fraud known as the “Latin Lotto” scam has been used by the South American Theft Groups as a primary source of capital to fund these groups operating in the United States. SATGIN was able to utilize its law enforcement and private sector partners located throughout the United States to assist in the tracking and linking of this subject to other members of the group. There are possibly as many as fifty members, including family members and associates.

SATGIN has determined that this particular organized group has utilized the “Latin Lotto” scam resulting in losses for victims in excess of $100,000 in jewelry and cash. The subjects utilize this scam by telling victims that they have won the local lottery (based on the state they are in) and cannot cash the ticket because they are not legally in the United States. The subjects approach their victims in retail environments, sometimes in the checkout lines or in the parking lot. Pictures of the subjects that have been obtained from our retail partners was a key factor in their identification and ultimate capture.

This arrest is a testament to the effectiveness of sharing intelligence information between law enforcement and the private sector. The media coverage of these crimes was an important means of making the community and other law enforcement agencies aware of the scam. SATGIN was able to link this subject to multiple crimes across the United States. This was only possible by the volunteer analysts working at SATGIN who would contact the law enforcement agencies affected by these crimes and provide them access to the secured SATGIN website.

The dedicated hours worked by detectives and their crime analysts from agencies in California, Texas, and Florida have resulted in the arrest of Luz Perez, a high profile target. With this arrest we can now move forward in identifying other targets associated with this particular criminal network. This was an amazing example of the results that can be accomplished through teamwork and the sharing of intelligence between law enforcement agencies and the private sector.

Additional information on other criminal activity of the South American Theft Groups can be found at or you can E-mail Robert Taylor at:

Thank you to Robert Taylor, NACIN/SATGIN Director of Operations, for submitting this article. We all appreciate your continued effort in building partnerships between law enforcement agencies and the private sector internationally! 

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