Scammers steal nearly $10,000 from Ala. woman

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FLORENCE, Ala. (AP) — Authorities in north Alabama say two men claiming to be homeless stole nearly $60,000 from a woman who offered them temporary shelter.

WAFF-TV (http://bit.ly/UWoSFS ) Wednesday reported 45-year-old Michael Canaday approached the unidentified 60-year-old Shoals woman and said he was homeless. Officials say the woman took Canaday in and eventually offered shelter to his 34-year-old friend Christopher Marsh.

Officials say the men stole nearly $10,000 from the woman's checking account and used her credit card nearly a dozen times before they were each caught driving stolen cars.

Officials say Canaday was arrested in Lauderdale County and Marsh was arrested in Jefferson County.

The men are charged with theft, identity theft and multiple counts of fraudulent use of a credit card. Officials have been unable to recover the woman's money.

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Information from: WAFF-TV, http://www.waff.com/



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