Immigration authorities in the United States have detained two men who are wanted in their home country, Ecuador, for the theft of millions of dollars belonging to a bank that has now folded up.
Nestor Yglesias, spokesman for Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) revealed via email on Saturday that the agency arrested two Ecuadorian brothers, William and Roberto Isaias, on Wednesday in Miami and are currently awaiting deportation.
The reason for the arrest remains unknown as they were not stated by ICE spokesman, but it is clear that the government of Ecuador has been after their extradition for a while now.
In the late 1990s, the economy of Ecuador experienced a downturn which was attributed to the failure of the then largest bank in the country – Filanbanco. Charges of embezzlement relating to the bank’s failure were laid against the Isaias brothers, but they escaped the country before they were tried.
In 2012, they were found guilty in absentia, and each of them gave eight years of jail term.
The brothers denied such allegations and have been fighting to get their seized assets and businesses from the government of Ecuador.
Extradition of these men have been denied at least on three occasions by the US government over the past two decades, and the current arrest is a contrast of previous treatments – their spokesman, Freddy Balsera, said.
He explained that the arrest is only as a result of the current immigration policy in the country rather than a targeted operation.
The brothers who did not fail to appreciate the US government for the refuge they have so far are hoping to be released following a review of their case.
William Isaias, 75, and Roberto Isaias, 74, were arrested at home and doctor’s office respectively. The Ecuadorian government is yet to comment on the situation.
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