Cancun, Quintana Roo — An Italian woman accused of swindling a jewelry store in Merida has been arrested in downtown Cancun.
A 57-year-old woman from Italy was arrested in Cancun Wednesday after being identified by police for purchasing an alleged million Euro in jewelry from a shop in Merida using counterfeit money. The woman apparently bought high-end items including necklaces, bracelets, earrings and watches.
The store realized afterward that the cash purchase of nearly a million Euro was made with fake money. Police were called and the women eventually identified during a routine surveillance tour in downtown Cancun.
Federal police said they noticed the woman acting suspicious and that she matched the physical description given by the Merida business. When she saw police, she attempted to evade them but was stopped and searched.
Police say they found the woman carrying one bag full of jewelry and two small bags of crystal drugs. The woman has been identified as 57-year-old Fluvia N from Candelo, Italy. She was discovered carrying an inventory of 10 luxury watches, 23 diamond rings, five sets of earrings and three necklaces along with drugs.
After her arrest, the woman told police that she was bound for a Brussels, Belgium airport to deliver the items. Fluvia was handed over to the federal prosecutor.