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updated: 6/27/2014 6:35 PM

Con artist wanted in Oregon arrested in Chicago

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PORTLAND, Ore. -- A longtime con artist who fled Oregon while awaiting trial has been arrested in Chicago.

Nickolas Kasemehas was wanted on theft charges in Marion and Clackamas counties and a probation violation in Multnomah County.

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Portland police said they learned the 73-year-old fugitive was in Chicago when an intended victim did online research after becoming suspicious and saw a police alert.

The Chicago Tribune reported that U.S. Marshals arrested him Monday.

Authorities say Kasemehas has been conning people for five decades, and his criminal history extends to San Francisco, Denver, Seattle and many other cities.

He was released from prison in September 2012 and police said he immediately found new victims in Oregon.

Clackamas County prosecutor Stacey Borgman told The Oregonian it's time for Kasemehas to "face the music."

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