Diplomatic Security Returns Nevada Fugitive from the Philippines
Special agents from the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Diplomatic Security (DS) located and assisted in the arrest of U.S. fugitive and Nevada native Jeffrey Louis Ochs on June 20, 2014, in the Philippines, where he had allegedly been hiding since 2012.
Ochs faces federal charges filed by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the District of Nevada of aggravated identity theft and making false statements in a passport application. He is also wanted in the state of Nevada for multiple counts of narcotic and fraud related offenses, including trafficking methamphetamines. He has not been convicted on any of the charges.
The DS Los Angeles Field Office began investigating Ochs in 2012 when they discovered he applied for a U.S. passport using a false identity. Once DS learned that Ochs had fled to the Philippines, the DS Regional Security Office in Embassy Manila, working with local contacts and Philippine authorities, located Ochs. The Philippine Bureau of Immigration, with support from DS special agents, arrested him there on June 20.
On July 4, DS Agents escorted Ochs from the Philippines to the United States, where he was immediately taken into custody by the U.S. Marshals Service in Los Angeles. After an identity hearing in the Central District of California on July 7, he was transferred to the District of Nevada on July 11, where he will stand trial on his federal charges. He has not been convicted on any of the charges.
“The apprehension of Ochs delivers a clear message that the U.S. Department of State, and our federal and international law-enforcement partners, are firmly committed to locating those individuals who attempt to escape justice by hiding in other countries,” said Robert Myers, Special Agent in Charge of the DS Los Angeles Field Office.
The successful investigation and subsequent return of Ochs to the United States has been the result of the combined efforts of the DS Los Angeles Field Office, the DS Regional Security Office at U.S. Embassy Manila, the DS Criminal Investigative Liaison Branch, the U.S. Marshals Service Pacific Southwest Fugitive Task Force, and the Philippine Bureau of Immigration.
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