Albanians held on US fraud charge

AP News
Posted: Jan 12, 2012 11:30 AM
Albanians held on US fraud charge

Police in Albania say they have arrested two men wanted in the United States for alleged offenses involving a financial institution in Cleveland, Ohio.

A police statement Thursday said 69-year-old Zoge Dash Ahmetaj, and Qerim Zymer Ahmataj, 77 _ both Albanian citizens _ were arrested in Albania's northern Shkodra district on international arrest warrants issued in Washington through Interpol.

The statement said the alleged money laundering offenses took place in late 2009 and involved the Cleveland company, but gave no other details.

The two men, who are due to be extradited, are also being investigated for potential fraud in Albania.