Fil-Am fugitive arrested in Pampanga

LOS ANGELES – A man wanted for criminal raps here in California was arrested by operatives of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) in Pampanga in the Philippines.

Rodolfo Suacon, who is wanted in US for a multi-million dollar investment scam, was apprehended by NBI agents in his Pampanga home, where he had been hiding for the last decade.

According to a report from Xinhua, Suacon evaded arrest for charges of fraud and money laundering filed by 80 complainants in California.

NBI Foreign Liaison Division Chief Daniel Daganzo told Xinhua that the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) had requested the Philippine agency for an extradition of the alleged scammer.

“He (Suacon) stands as an accused in a county court in California but while facing trial, he flew back to the Philippines,” Daganzo told Xinhua, “Since then, he went into hiding.”

According to Daganzo, the US Embassy in Manila reached out to the  Philippine Department of Justice to request for assistance early this week, after a local court issued a warrant of arrest for Suacon.

The foreign liaison division chief noted that the NBI received information on Suacon’s whereabouts from the FBI. Agents made quick work of it and proceeded to arrest Suacon in Pampanga.

(With reports from Xinhua)

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