Robin McPherson arrested in real estate scam based out of Springfield

Arrest made.

A man accused of running a real estate scam out of both Springfield and Costa Rica was arrested in Costa Rica and returned to the U.S., after more than 20 years on the run for a separate case, according to the U.S. Department of Justice in a news release Wednesday. 

The defendant, former San Diego resident Robin James McPherson, had been labeled as an international fugitive since 2000 for a separate case of fraud and tax evasion. More recently he was wanted for alleged wire fraud and money laundering by the DOJ.

The FBI first investigated McPherson in 2019, after several people reported being victims of a real estate scam in Springfield and Costa Rica, according to the criminal complaint. McPherson allegedly used marketing techniques such as cold calls, promotional websites and Facebook ads to find potential investors in an alleged Cost Rican real estate development opportunity called the Carara Parque Resort Corporation, the DOJ said.

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