Sri Lanka hunts for fugitive executive facing US fraud charges

Standing left to right – Mr. Dinesh Jebamani (Chief Manager Liability Product Management and New Age Media – Seylan Bank), Mr.Sudesh Peiris (Senior Manager – Digital Banking Channels – Seylan Bank), Ms. S.Senevirathne (Representative of the Revenue Department – Western Province), Mr. Tilan Wijeyesekera (Deputy General Manager – Retail Banking – Seylan Bank) and Mr. Malik Wickremanayaka (Deputy General Manager – Operations – Seylan Bank)

Aug 28, 2006 (AFP) – Sri Lankan police said Monday they were hunting alleged fugitive executive Jacob “Kobi” Alexander after reports he fled fraud charges in the US for a fishing village hideaway in the island nation. Detectives were investigating a claimed sighting of the 54-year-old after he failed to appear in court in the United States where he is accused in an alleged multi-million dollar stock-option fraud and running a secret “slush fund.”

US officials issued an arrest warrant earlier this month for the former chief executive of New York-based Comverse Technology Inc., charged with two other former executives who have surrendered to the authorities.

“We have received a message, we’re making inquiries,” said a senior law enforcement official who declined to give his name. “We have not found him yet.”

The search started after an Israeli newspaper reported that a private investigator had spotted Alexander, who holds dual US and Israeli citizenship, at a home on Sri Lanka’s western coast, near its biggest city Colombo.

The US government said it had seized 45 million dollars held in US bank accounts and accused the trio of running a “money laundering” scheme that had funnelled over 57 million dollars