Former Seattle real estate investor, wife, will stay in France

June 6, 2013 

A lawyer for former Seattle real estate investor Michael Mastro and his wife says they will not be extradited from France to face bankruptcy fraud charges.

Attorney Jim Frush told The Seattle Times on Wednesday that a French appeals court denied the Justice Department’s extradition request on humanitarian grounds.

The 88-year-old Mastro and his wife, Linda, who is in her 60s, were arrested in October in the French Alps after being fugitives for 16 months.

The couple disappeared after a judge in their bankruptcy case ordered them to turn over two diamond rings. The U.S. attorney’s office filed a criminal complaint in August 2011 charging them with bankruptcy fraud.

The Associated Press

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