Israeli wanted for fraud on INTERPOL warrant deported

NEW YORK - An Israeli national wanted for fraud in his native country was deported this week by officers with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO).

Moshe Sussman, 31, was flown to Tel Aviv, Israel, on a commercial flight from Newark Liberty International Airport in Newark, N.J. Upon his arrival in Tel Aviv, ICE ERO officers transferred him to the custody of Israeli law enforcement authorities.

Sussman is wanted in Israel on financial fraud charges totaling $1.9 million. He was taken into custody at his home in Brooklyn, N.Y., by ICE ERO fugitive operations and the U.S. Marshals Service on March 17.

"This removal will allow Israeli authorities to proceed with prosecution of a crime alleged to have occurred in their country. We are resolute in our commitment to identify, arrest and remove those individuals who falsely believe they can escape legal issues in their home country by hiding in ours," said Chris Shanahan, field officer director for ICE ERO in New York.

After his March 17 arrest, Sussman was placed in removal proceedings. He was granted voluntary departure by an immigration judge on March 24. He has remained in ICE custody since his arrest.

Records show that Sussman entered the United States in December 2009 as a visitor, and continued to remain in the United States without authorization.

INTERPOL, the world's largest international police organization with 188 member countries, facilitates international police cooperation. Being the subject of an INTERPOL warrant is not a presumption of guilt.