American fugitive wanted for fraud arrested in Palawan | Inquirer News

American fugitive wanted for fraud arrested in Palawan

/ 08:57 PM May 03, 2023


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MANILA, Philippines— The Bureau of Immigration (BI) has arrested in Palawan an American fugitive wanted in his home country for alleged financial fraud. 

The BI said the suspect, Rick Lee Crosby Jr., 44, was nabbed by the BI’s Fugitive Search Unit in Puerto Princesa City last April 29.


Crosby, according to the bureau, has been on the wanted list of the Federal Bureau of Investigation since April 2020 after he was issued an arrest order by the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit Court in Hillsborough County, Florida. 


“He was reportedly charged before the said court for racketeering, conspiracy to commit racketeering, money laundering, and organized scheme to defraud,” BI said in a statement. 

Crosby’s passport was also revoked by the United States government, making him an undocumented foreigner in the Philippines, it added. 

The BI said Crosby was detained at the National Bureau of Investigation – Puerto Princesa District Office before he was transferred to its detention facility in Camp Bagong Diwa, Taguig City, pending his deportation. 

Crosby was slapped with an order for his summary deportation in December last year.  

“The board also ordered his inclusion in the immigration blacklist, thus banning him from re-entering the Philippines,” BI said. (Aliah Gumasing, trainee)


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