07/28/2012

DUI case led to German fugitive

U.S. marshals made a fingerprint match that led to a man sought for five years in a $100 million international fraud scheme

By Ken Ritter
Associated Press

LAS VEGAS — A fingerprint match in a Las Vegas-area drunken driving case led U.S. authorities to a German fugitive who had been sought for five years in a $100 million international fraud scheme.

Las Vegas police Officer Bill Cassell says it wasn't until U.S. marshals made a fingerprint match that fugitive hunters realized the 51-year-old man arrested in February was Ulrich Felix Anton Engler.

Engler is accused of also using the names Joseph Miller and Joseph Walter.

He was arrested late Wednesday and is now in the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement pending transfer to Germany.

Authorities in Nevada are now retracing Engler's steps in Las Vegas.

The FBI and local police on Friday seized more than 1,000 pieces of artwork from a storage facility that he rented in nearby Boulder City.

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