California police are trying to get hold of an Icelander accused of multi-million dollar fraud against ordinary citizens.
Alfreð Örn Clausen is accused of Grand Theft of USD 44 million from people who sought loan modifications through his fraudulent legal firm. However Alfreð, who has been located in Iceland, says the company he ran with business partners worked as a contractor for the law firm in question and did not receive any direct payments at all.
In a statement from his lawyer in Iceland, he maintains his innocence and insists no laws have been broken.
Alfreð’s colleagues in the USA have all been arrested but Alfreð is safe in Iceland, as the country has a blanket ban on extraditing its own nationals to other countries. The Interior Ministry will, however, consider any request from the American authorities for a hearing in Iceland, DV reported.
The statement from Alfreð’s lawyer denies he is hiding in Iceland, saying that he moved back to his home country five months ago, before any police investigation in California even began.
In separate but related news, it has been revealed that the drunk and abusive man reported on in October, who was strapped down to his seat by attendants on an Icelandair flight from Toronto and then arrested (and whose case is still ongoing), was in fact Alfreð Örn Clausen as he was moving back to Iceland.