AP, Aug. 22, 2002
Thu Aug 22, 4:40 AM ET
COPENHAGEN, Denmark – A Danish man wanted for tax fraud and embezzling from a humanitarian organization has agreed to be extradited from the United States to Denmark, authorities said Tuesday.
Mogens Amdi Petersen, 63, who founded the Tvind organization in 1970 but disappeared from Denmark amid allegations of fraud in 1979, had been detained without bail in Los Angeles since February pending an extradition trial.
“We can confirm that he himself has requested to come home now,” said police chief Jens Kaasgaard, who has been heading the Danish investigations.
No date had been set for Petersen’s return to Denmark since some legal roadblocks still needed to be cleared but Kaasgaard said he hoped it would be “no later than a month.”
Petersen will be detained and formally charged upon arrival in the Scandinavian country and could face up to six years in prison if convicted, Kaasgaard said.
Investigations of Petersen were opened after a Danish television show interviewed former teachers who claimed that Tvind was the center of a complex tax fraud scheme from 1987 to 1999. Investigators say the fraud involved some 75 million kroner (dlrs 9.9 million).