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Idaho Woman, Accused Of Internet Scam, Hiding After $163M Federal Judgment

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BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A former Idaho woman believed to be hiding in the Caribbean owes the U.S. government $163 million after a civil judgment earlier this year stemming from an alleged Internet scam.

The Idaho Statesman reports Kristy Marie Ross was a student and athlete at high schools in Boise and Eagle before becoming involved in an Internet scam in the early 2000s.

According to the Federal Trade Commission, the now-32-year-old participated in an Internet scheme in which people were scared into buying virus-protection software they didn’t need.

Others involved in the business, called Innovative Marketing, have paid some $16 million in settlements.

But Ross remains on the lam, possibly on the Caribbean island of Nevis.

Her former boyfriend, Sam Jain, is also an international fugitive targeted by the FBI’s cybercrimes unit.

(© Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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