Hi-tech fugitive found in Sri Lanka

'Skype' phone call gave away former Comverse CEO's location to Israeli private investigator.

August 24, 2006 14:06
Hi-tech fugitive found in Sri Lanka

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Kobi Alexander, the voicemail technology fugitive wanted in the US on stock option manipulation charges, has been caught in Sri Lanka, Ma'ariv reported Thursday. According to the report, Alexander was tracked down by a private Israeli investigator after he made a one-minute phone call through Skype, an internet telephone service. Alexander, a dual citizen of Israel and the US, is the former chief executive of US-based Comverse Technology Inc. He and two other top executives of the company - its former general counsel, William Sorin, and its former chief financial officer, David Kreinberg - were wanted on suspicion of having secretly manipulated stock actions for profit. The FBI had already arrested the two other executives, but Alexander disappeared after transferring $57 million to Israel.

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