Fugitive Accused Of Bribery Headed Back to America

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

CINCINNATI (AP) - A fugitive accused of bribing U.S. military contracting officials in Iraq has been returned to the U.S. in what government officials say is the first extradition under a 1936 treaty between the countries.

Metin Atilan pleaded not guilty Monday to contract and wire fraud in federal court in Dayton, Ohio. He was extradited from Iraq on Sunday.

Atilan is a dual citizen of the U.S. and Turkey and had businesses that did work in Iraq for U.S. military operations.

He was arrested in 2008 in Las Vegas, where he was based. He was ordered to appear in an Ohio courtroom after being placed on electronic monitoring. Prosecutors say he then fled to Turkey. He was arrested last year in Iraq.

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