US fugitive captured in Tonga faces extradition

Tongan police say a man wanted by FBI for four counts of wire fraud in 2013 has been bailed on strict condition to appear at the Supreme Court in Nuku’alofa on May 27.

It is understood the fugitive will appeal a removal order.

Acting Police Commissioner Unga Fa’aoa said in a press release today that, “Tonga Police Serious Organized and Transnational Crime Unit (SOTCU) in conjunction with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) have successfully located and arrested a US fugitive who is a 62 year-old US national on 5th May, 2014 at Havelu, Nuku’alofa”.

“The fugitive was issued with a Federal Grand Jury indictment for four counts of wire fraud in September 2013.

“The US Government has issued a Federal warrant of arrest for the fugitive from the US District Court of Central California in December 2013.

“The fugitive’s US passport has been cancelled and issued with an emergency passport to facilitate his return to the United States.

“The fugitive has been declared as an undesirable immigrant in Tonga and is now a subject of a removal order.

“The fugitive was remanded in custody from 5 – 19 May 2"

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