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Oregon FBI agents travel to Indonesia to arrest man accused of wire fraud

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SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – FBI agents from Bend escorted a man back to the U.S. from Indosesia Thursday. He appeared in court in San Francisco Friday and is facing four counts of wire fraud and one count of money laundering.

Investigators say Richard Macadangdang Sales, 68, is accused of being involved in a scheme that cheated investors out of more than $900,000.

The indictment alleges that between 2011 and 2013, investors believed Sales was using their investments to recover hundreds of millions of dollars’ worth of U.S. Treasury Notes located in East Asia and the Pacific.

The indictment says the victims believed Sales was building humanitarian housing for victims of natural disasters and that they would see returns as high as 100 percent.

The FBI says Sales has been living outside the U.S. since 2012.

The FBI worked with the Indonesian National Police and Indonesian Immigration. FBI agents traveled to Indonesia and met Sales as he was being deported on Jan. 11, 2018.

He was arrested on U.S. soil.

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