04/10/2013 11:56 EDT | Updated 06/10/2013 05:12 EDT

Canadian accused of running fake sweepstakes arrested in United States

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - FBI officials say a Canadian man has been arrested in connection with fake sweepstakes and other fraud schemes that targeted Americans, many in Southern California, for more than $1.3 million.

FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller says 43-year-old Peter Omagbemi, of Nova Scotia, was one of several people who allegedly sent realistic-looking correspondence to targets saying they'd won money in a lottery, sweepstakes or class-action settlement.

The hitch was that victims were told they had to pay fees or taxes, and many did.

There were over 500 victims, many of them from various parts of Southern California.

Omagbemi was charged with 17 counts of mail and wire fraud in 2009 and had been a fugitive since.

He was arrested last week when he crossed the border into the United States in Calais, Maine.