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Episode 3: Check's in the Mail | Contractor from Hell

The Check is in the Mail/The Contractor from Hell
A convicted fraudster is accused of running a lottery scam using a telephone and a convincing story. Also, a corrupt contractor leaves victims out in the cold with half completed home projects.

Case 1: Check's in the Mail

You've won the lottery! Promises like this lured thousands of unsuspecting victims into a lottery scam. But instead of paying a jackpot, Roland Okuomose is accused of ripping people off. Now this alleged criminal mastermind is on the run.

Case 2: Contractor From Hell

Craig Oliver is staring at 20 years in prison on charges that he scammed more than $2.5 million from homeowners. He pled guilty but instead of facing up to his crime, the contractor and his wife decided to run. With the FBI on his trail, will Oliver ever be brought to justice?

The Fugitives Extras

  • Sandra Schulz works for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police's Commercial Crime Unit, so she knows how to talk the talk with phone scammers.

  • Lottery Scams     Wednesday, 15 Aug 2012 | 12:00 AM ET

    How do you know if a lottery is a scam? RCMP Inspector Ian Lawson explains how U.S. and Canadian authorities partner to identify and prevent lottery fraud.

  • How to Avoid Being Suckered by Lottery Scams Wednesday, 15 Aug 2012 | 12:40 PM ET
    Credit Card Fraud

    When you get a free offer in the mail, it's probably too good to be true, federal agent Laureen France tells CNBC's "American Greed."

  • Lucius Jackson hires Craig Oliver for a home improvement job, but the con-man has more on his mind than quality work, turning Jackson's home into an expensive disaster zone.

  • Lottery Scam Letter Friday, 17 Aug 2012 | 3:15 PM ET

    Read the letter that lottery scam victim Roslyn Atwood was sent that prompted her to send $2,600 to Roland Okuomose. (Source: Public Domain)

  • Statement of Facts Friday, 17 Aug 2012 | 3:23 PM ET

    Statement of Facts filed in U.S. District Count in the government’s case against Craig Oliver. (Source: Federal Bureau of Investigation)

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