Lou Pearlman arrested in Indonesia

June 14, 2007 at 1:33 PM

ORLANDO, Fla., June 14 (UPI) -- U.S. boy band manager Lou Pearlman has been arrested by the FBI in Indonesia after abandoning his failing Florida companies in January.

Indonesian authorities said they had expelled Pearlman before turning him over to the FBI, the Orlando Sentinel reported Thursday.

"We are aware that he is in the custody of the FBI, I can't comment beyond that," said Steve Cole, spokesman for the U.S. Attorney's Office in Tampa.

Pearlman, who managed both the Backstreet Boys and 'N Sync, is under criminal investigation in Florida after being linked to alleged securities and bank fraud.

He will appear before a federal judge in Guam before being flown back to the United States.

Since he left many of his companies have been put through involuntary bankruptcy and there is also a federal criminal investigation and another bankruptcy involving his former downtown property holding company under way.

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