Authorities nab notorious swindler at US border

September 29, 2009 9:51:53 AM PDT
Authorities say a con man who has made a living stealing from wealthy hotel guests around the world has been arrested in Vermont. Federal authorities say Juan Carlos Guzman-Betancourt was nabbed Sept. 21 at a gas station near the U.S.-Canadian border in Derby Line.

They say that he told a U.S. Border Patrol agent his car broke down in Quebec and that he unknowingly walked across the border into Vermont.

Authorities say the 33-year-old Colombian has claimed at least 10 aliases, using his good looks and gift of gab to get into rooms and locked safes.

He has been convicted of larceny in Virginia and New York and fraud in Florida. He has been wanted in Canada, Colombia, Japan, Mexico, Thailand and Venezuela.

His lawyer, Michael Desautels, didn't return a call Tuesday.

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