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Minnesota fugitive arrested on Guam

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A 46-year-old man wanted for more than five years in connection with the embezzlement of federal funds in Minnesota was arrested on Guam yesterday and is now subject to immediate removal.

Michael Craig Miller is the subject of a warrant of arrest issued by the U.S. District Court of Minnesota on Aug. 5, 2008 after a grand jury charged him with conversion of public money and engaging in financial transactions in criminally derived property.

Miller allegedly embezzled more than $400,000 that belonged to the U.S. Army Medical Material Agency, wired the money to a Wells Fargo bank account, and used the money for his own benefit.

The record of indictment against Miller indicated he took $30,000 from the funds on March 6, 2006 to purchase a house in the Philippines.

On April 13, 2006, Miller reportedly made another wire transfer in the amount of $14,076 to a third party and some $25,000 on July 3, 2006 for the purpose of buying another house in the Philippines.

On Feb. 23, 2007, Miller reportedly negotiated a check in the amount of $34,094 to purchase a Chrysler 300C sedan.

As a result of the alleged offenses, the court will forfeit to the United States all the properties derived from illegal transactions made by Miller.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Frederick A. Black filed a petition for writ of removal against Miller to bring the fugitive back to Minnesota and answer the criminal charges against him.

The writ is pending before U.S. Magistrate Judge Joaquin Manibusan.

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