Wire fraud suspect surrenders to FBI at Honolulu airport

Heckmann, 63, accused of masterminding Kauai investment scheme

Published  10:46 AM HST Mar 12, 2013
HONOLULU -

A man indicted by a federal grand jury on seven counts of wire fraud relating to an investment scheme he allegedly operated on Kauai was arrested Tuesday morning at the Honolulu International Airport, according to the FBI.

Peter Heckmann, 63, apparently became aware of imminent criminal charges and left Hawaii prior to his indictment in July 2007.

In 2010, the FBI found Heckmann on the Indonesian island of Bali where he was operating a recording studio and a record label, but was not captured at the time.

On Jan. 14, the FBI launched a social media campaign designed to attract international interest in the manhunt.

The FBI made contact with Heckmann via email urging a peaceful surrender.  A dialogue between the FBI and the fugitive culminated in Heckmann voluntarily traveling to Honolulu to surrender at the airport at 7:30 a.m. Tuesday.

Heckmann was transported to the U.S. District Courthouse in Honolulu where he was scheduled to have an initial court appearance later in the day.

The statutory maximum penalty for wire fraud is 20 years in prison per count.

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