Fugitive in $5.7 million theft arrested

Aug. 3, 2011 at 1:42 PM

LAWRENCE, Mass., Aug. 3 (UPI) -- Massachusetts police say they arrested a fugitive charged in the theft of $5.7 million from Columbia University in a "large-scale white-collar" Internet crime.

Police in Lawrence, Mass., acting on information from New York City detectives, arrested Jeremy Dieudonne, 46, a Haitian man using the stolen Puerto Rican identity of Hector Santiago, the Eagle Tribune of North Andover reported Wednesday.

Dieudonne and two business partners face grand larceny charges in New York for allegedly siphoning $5.7 million from Columbia University into accounts under their own names.

The trio operated a company called IT & Security Solutions LLC and allegedly stole the money from a university payment account between Oct. 4, 2010, and Nov. 24, 2010.

Dieudonne, arraigned as a fugitive from justice in Lawrence District Court, did not fight extradition to New York and was taken into custody by NYPD detectives Tuesday.

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