Thais arrest Italian on run after George Clooney conviction


Thai police say they have arrested an Italian man wanted in his home country after fleeing a jail sentence handed down for fraudulently using the name of actor George Clooney to lure people into investing in a bogus clothing company.

Thailand’s Crime Suppression Division says 58-year-old Francesco Galdeli was arrested Saturday near the city of Pattaya on suspicion of staying in the country illegally. Also arrested was 45-year-old Vanja Goffi on suspicion of overstaying her visa.

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Thai authorities say an Interpol notice had been issued for Galdeli.

Police said Monday that the two did not yet have a lawyer.

Police said Galdeli was sentenced by a Milan court in 2010 to more than eight years in jail after being found guilty of impersonating Clooney to trick investors.