Thomaston police make arrest in $30,000 computer scam fraud

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THOMASTON — A New York man was arrested and charged with larceny and fraud after allegedly scamming a Thomaston resident out of $30,000 through a computer popup scam, authorities said.

The Thomaston Police Department began their investigation in January after a local resident reported falling victim to a scam, where a fraudulent popup alert claiming to be from Microsoft warned that their financial accounts were hacked.

The victim was instructed to call a number and was then directed to withdraw and deliver $15,000 in cash on two separate occasions to set up new accounts, according to police.

Using various technological tools, investigators identified the suspect as 25-year-old Ande Jiang of Highland Mills, New York.

An arrest warrant was issued for Jiang, who was later apprehended in New Jersey on April 17 as a Fugitive From Justice.

Jiang was extradited back to Connecticut on April 23, where Thomaston Police charged him with two counts of second-degree larceny and two counts of second-degree telephone fraud.

He was held on a $300,000 bond and is scheduled for arraignment on April 24 at the Torrington Superior Court.

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