Wanted US fugitive found and returned to the US

A man subject to a United States arrest warrant has been extradited back to the United States following his apprehension by the highly-skilled AFP Fugitive Apprehension Strike Team.

The 58-year-old US national was arrested earlier this year in Healesville, Victoria, after a long-term investigation focussing on arresting him to face fraud-related charges in his home country.

It is believed the man has been hiding in Australia since 2017 using a false identification and names to avoid detection by authorities.

The AFP sought the assistance of the Australian public back in June 2021 to help locate the man. Following reports, the man was located and arrested and was remanded in custody while his extradition proceedings were finalised.

Assistant Commissioner Nigel Ryan said the dedicated fugitive strike team works with domestic and international law enforcement partners to help arrest and extradite alleged offenders.

“The arrest highlights the excellent relationship between the US and Australian law enforcement and legal agencies and demonstrates the continued value of the bilateral Extradition Treaty between the US and Australia in bringing people to account for their alleged criminal actions,” he said.

"Australia is no safe haven for criminals. The AFP and its partner agencies across the globe are relentless in ensuring those wanted for crimes face justice.”

The Fugitive Apprehension Strike Team – FAST – target offenders who are the subject of arrest warrants for murder, manslaughter, drug trafficking, money laundering and serious fraud.

The AFP and US authorities worked closely with the Australian Attorney‑General’s Department throughout the extradition process.

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