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Fugitive on the run for 16 years caught in PI

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by Mindy Aguon

Guam - A man who's been on the run from authorities for more than 16 years is now back on Guam in the custody of U.S. Marshals. Marvin George Scharff, 51, was arrested last month at the U.S. Embassy in Manila. 

Scharff was charged in 1994 with importation of heroin but a year later a warrant was issued for his arrest because he had violated his pre-trial release conditions by fleeing the island.  According to a report from ABS-CBN, Scharff has been hiding in the Philippines since 1994.

Bureau of Immigration Intelligence Chief Maria Antonette Mangrobang told the news outlet that Scharff wanted to stand trial in Guam after losing all his money.  Apparently he had wanted to be repatriated back in 1998 but failed to show up on the day he was to fly back to Guam.  The report also states that Scharff said he had gone broke and had no one to turn to for help while in the Philippines. 

Scharff is now behind bars on Guam and awaits sentencing which is scheduled for July 28 in the District Court.

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