Men face extradition for allegedly defrauding nearly 700 seniors

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Michael Nguyen, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 5:20 PM ET

MONTREAL - An apartment dweller, tired of overhearing phone scams next door, called police -- who arrested three neighbours.

The suspects allegedly ran a "grandparents scam" that generated $20,000 a week.

Jean-Sebastien Gaudrault, 40, Pascal Gaudrault, 43, and Gabriel Frenette, 24, face extradition to the United States, where 700 seniors were allegedly bilked.

Authorities say victims' names were culled from lists purchased in the U.S. Seniors were called and told a grandchild was in trouble overseas and needed money to get out of the jam.

"In some cases, (fraudsters) even posed as lawyers," a U.S. agent says in the extradition request, obtained by QMI Agency.

The three suspects, all from Montreal, face trial in California for conspiracy to commit fraud.

Police say the alleged ring generated $600,000 from July to November 2011.

It was poor soundproofing between units in a Montreal duplex that led a woman to grow suspicious.


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