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Apr 16,2007
Web site helps track suspected scam artist
by UPI

SANTA MONICA, Calif. - A California man has established a Web site that he says has stopped a woman from allegedly scamming victims out of thousands of dollars.

Laszlo Andreas, a 34-year-old chef, says he was scammed out of $1,300 when a woman calling herself Kat phoned him to order a last-minute birthday dinner for 20. Andreas said the check for the deal bounced, and he later found that Kat had disappeared, The Los Angeles Times reported.

He then created a Web site designed to warn people about rip-offs. Since the sit went online, Andreas said numerous Southern Californians posted that they were similarly ripped off by Kat through false promises of photo work and connections in the entertainment industry.

Some said the site helped eased the shame of being duped.

Santa Monica police arrested Kathleen "Kat" Legaspi in March, and the Times said Andreas' Wes site is getting some of the credit.

Legaspi, 28, was reportedly being held at a detention center near Los Angeles in lieu of $70,000 bail. She pleaded not guilty last week to three felony counts of burglary, one count of grand theft and one count of passing a fictitious check, court documents showed.

Copyright ©  2007, by United Press International. All Rights Reserved.

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