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US fraudster who stole $1.8m arrested in Spain

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US fraudster who stole $1.8m arrested in Spain
Between January and July 2013, the suspect based in Salt Lake City allegedly defrauded the US government of more than $1.8 million. File photo: Contando Estrellas/Flickr
17:23 CEST+02:00
A US citizen wanted by the FBI for allegedly defrauding the US government to the tune of $1.8 million (€1.3 million) has been arrested on the Spanish island of Tenerife.
The suspect was detained in the popular tourist destination of Puerto de la Cruz in Tenerife in a joint operation carried out by Spanish National Police and the FBI liaison of the US Embassy in Madrid. 
 
The man — the subject of an international arrest warrant — had set up a tax-refund scam with the help of accomplices.
 
The group used the identities of deceased people along with their social security numbers to obtain fraudulent tax refunds, police said in a statement.
 
Between January and July 2013, the suspect based in Salt Lake City allegedly defrauded the US government of more than $1.8 million.
 
The U.S. citizen, whose identity has not been revealed, is accused of no less than 19 fraud charges.
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