Tuesday, March 15, 2005

2-for-1 Lunch Offer Includes Ticket to Florida

Frederick Gilliland was a fugitive living in Vancouver, BC, while fighting extradition back to the U.S. to face charges related to a ponzi scheme in which investors lost over $8 million.  Gilliland responded to a 2-for-1 lunch offer at a restaurant in Point. Roberts, Wash., right over the border from Vancouver.  Unfortunately for Gilliland, his desire to take advantage of a bargain led him to fall for an "offer" made by a private detective who was also one of the investors who lost money.  When he arrived in the U.S., Gilliland was promptly arrested by Immigration & Customs Enforcement agents, and will be returned to Florida much more quickly than would have been the case in the Canadian extradition proceeding.  There is more than a little irony in a person accused of conducting an investment scam falling for such a simple scheme.  An AP story (here) discusses the arrest and charges against Gilliland. (ph)


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