Fugitive guilty of nearly $10M in bogus travel purchases

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Posted: Sep 05, 2017 2:19 PM

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A man who escaped to Mexico to avoid sentencing in a 1996 credit card case in New York has pleaded guilty before a federal judge in Pittsburgh of making nearly $10 million in fraudulent credit card purchases, most of them international airline tickets, while on the lam.

Forty-eight-year-old Nicolas Frank Sucich (SOOH'-kitch) likely faces more than four years in federal prison under a plea agreement struck Tuesday to charges of wire and access device fraud. He'll return for sentencing Jan. 5.

Federal prosecutors say Sucich set up a business in Mexico, then used a fraudulent Scotiabank MasterCard account to buy millions of dollars' worth of airline tickets from a legitimate Pittsburgh-area travel agency and re-sold them for cash at discounted rates to travelers.