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U.S. woman wanted on extortion charges arrested in Guatemala

POMONA, CA - NOVEMBER 12: A man stands handcuffed as a female police officer posing as a prostitute fills out paperwork before returning to Holt Boulevard, known to sex workers throughout southern California as "the track", during a major prostitution sting operation November 12, 2004 in Pomona, California.  Approximately 60 to 80 men are arrested each night during the sting operations. Cars driven by the arrested men are seized and become city property until a $1000 fine is paid. Each vehicle is then labeled with a large window sticker stating that the car was ?seized for solicitation of prostitution? and the photos of the men appear in a full-page ad in the local newspaper.  (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

POMONA, CA - NOVEMBER 12: A man stands handcuffed as a female police officer posing as a prostitute fills out paperwork before returning to Holt Boulevard, known to sex workers throughout southern California as "the track", during a major prostitution sting operation November 12, 2004 in Pomona, California. Approximately 60 to 80 men are arrested each night during the sting operations. Cars driven by the arrested men are seized and become city property until a $1000 fine is paid. Each vehicle is then labeled with a large window sticker stating that the car was ?seized for solicitation of prostitution? and the photos of the men appear in a full-page ad in the local newspaper. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)  (2004 Getty Images)

A 60-year-old U.S. citizen under arrest in Guatemala on extortion charges says she's the victim of identity theft.

Debra Lee Gish of Washington, D.C., said Friday that two years ago she was assaulted by criminals who stole her identification and used it to open a Guatemalan bank account in her name where they collected two extortion payments from bus companies. She said she was not even in Guatemala during one of the deposits attributed to her. She said she never opened the bank account.

Guatemalan police arrested Gish on Wednesday at her home in Santiago Atitlán, 150 kilometers (90 miles) from the capital. She was hospitalized after falling ill following her arrest.

Gish has worked as a consultant on justice projects in Guatemala since 1998.

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