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Austrian fugitive captured in NJ

June 11, 2008 6:29:37 PM PDT
A man wanted in Austria on bank fraud charges that allegedly cost his victims $4.6 million was captured at an Ocean County home this week. Federal officials say 60-year-old Ernest Strulovics was known to travel between the New York City area and Lakewood, and they received a tip that he would be in the Lakewood area yesterday.

So they put an Eighth Street home under surveillance, and Strulovics was arrested there without incident around 10:30 a.m.

Strulovics was wanted on charges of inducing others to commit aggravated commercial fraud, inducing others to commit breach of trust and committing fraudulent bankruptcy.

He was arraigned yesterday in U.S. District Court in Newark and remanded to the Essex County Jail, where he remains tonight.

A bail hearing in federal court is scheduled for tomorrow.

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