A 61-year-old Czech wanted for fraud and money laundering in his country has been arrested by operatives of the Fugitive Search Unit (FSU) of the Bureau of Immigration (BI) in Barangay Atabay, Alcoy, Cebu, Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente said Tuesday.
Morente said Godus Dusan, together his girlfriend who is also a Czech, has been hiding in Cebu for more than a year since he fled his country to avoid criminal prosecution.
FSU head lawyer Jose Carlitos Licas said, a district court in Olomouc, Czech Republic issued an arrest warrant against Dusan in June last year after he was indicted for fraud, an offense that carries the maximum penalty of 10-year imprisonment.
Dusan was accused of enriching himself by embezzling 9.8 million Czech Korunas, or more than US$400,000, which he collected as advance payment for the construction of a building on the latter’s real property.
“It turned out, however, that the company where he (Dusan) worked was not licensed to engage in building construction and that he managed to withdraw the money from the victim’s bank account by forging the latter’s signature,” Licas said.