Fugitive From China Caught In Ohio

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Listing her address on a visa application tripped up a Hong Kong woman who was charged with embezzlement and had eluded Chinese authorities for nearly 18 months.

Fan-Ying Sandy Hung, 51, was being held without bond in the Franklin County Jail awaiting a Feb. 21 extradition hearing before U.S. Magistrate Terence Kemp.

According to federal court records, Hung fled from Hong Kong to the United States on Sept. 29, 2000, after Chinese authorities accused her of embezzling $2.62 million from Overseas Trust Bank accounts.

Chinese authorities were unable to track down Hung until, on Oct. 1, she applied to the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service for an extension on her one-year visa.

The fugitive included on the application the Columbus address of a relative with whom she was living. FBI agents arrested her last Wednesday after the Chinese filed an arrest warrant and extradition petition.

Hung's case was kept secret until her court file was unsealed on Tuesday.

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