Fairbanks fugitive traveled to U.S. from Switzerland

Posted: Thursday, May 22, 2003

FAIRBANKS (AP) Former Fairbanks civic leader and businessman Thomas Miklautsch was entering the United States from Switzerland when customs agents detained him.

Miklautsch, 77, had been missing about a decade and was wanted on federal bank fraud and conspiracy charges when he landed April 30 in Los Angeles, said Michael Fleming, a U.S. customs spokesman.

Miklautsch's name was run through a law enforcement database standard procedure for international passengers and came up hot, Fleming said.

Miklautsch was being held Wednesday at Cook Inlet Pretrial Facility in Anchorage after arriving there Tuesday night.

Miklautsch faces counts of bank fraud, conspiracy to commit bank fraud, false entries in the books and records of a bank, as well as misapplication of state funds, said Joe Bottini, an assistant U.S. attorney who is prosecuting the case.

Miklautsch had been accused with four other executives of now-defunct Alaska Statebank of using insider loans to try to take over rival Alaska National Bank of the North in the mid 1980s.

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