BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, August 9, 2017 (CMC) – The United States Embassy, here, said it had been collaborating with the Barbados police in a two year investigation of a Barbadian fugitive, accused of defrauding elderly nationals of US$130,000.
Hainsley Browne was arrested, last weekend, in South Carolina, and will appear at a U.S. District Court in Columbia, where he faces charges related to wire and visa fraud, prior to his deportation back to Barbados.
“His arrest came as a result of a joint operation with the United States Marshal Service and Diplomatic Security Service, after discovering that Hainsley Browne assumed the identity of Ronald Browne, and was residing in South Carolina,” the Embassy said in a statement.
It said that on August 5, the Operation Intercept Violent Fugitive Task Force, the U.S. Marshals-led fugitive task force in South Carolina, asked Crime Stoppers to send Browne’s photo and description to the media.
“Within hours, the task force received numerous tips, which eventually led to Browne’s arrest in Fairfield County, where he was transported to the local detention center.
“The successful conclusion of this case highlights the importance of ongoing collaboration with our foreign law enforcement partners in combating crime which, increasingly, knows no borders. The Regional Security Office is committed to continue to work with the Royal Barbados Police Force in our efforts to fight regional crime,” said the Acting Regional Security Officer and Diplomatic Security, Special Agent, Matthew Spaulding.
The US Embassy said that it is committed to assisting the Caribbean’s law enforcement agencies with the fight against crime.