U.S. makes 1st extradition from Iraq; man appears in Dayton court

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – A man in federal court in Dayton is the first person ever extradited from Iraq to the U.S.in 78 years

Monday, Metin Atilan was in federal court in Dayton for criminal charges.

The man is a former contractor with the the Department of Defense.

Atilan was based in Las Vegas and Turkey… where officials say he committed fraud and conspiracy

Officials said the 54-year-old tried to bribe U.S. officials, including some stationed in Dayton.

In 2008, a warrant was issued for the man’s arrest.

He was given bond and authorities said later he cut his ankle bracelet and fled.

For the next 6 years… they say he traveled as a fugitive across the world from Vegas to California, later he forged a passport traveling to Mexico, Brazil, United Arab Emirates and ultimately landing in Iraq.

He was captured in Kyrgyzstan in 2013.

Sunday, federal agents brought Atilan to Dayton for Monday’s hearing.

“When you have a case that the facts would justify taking these sorts of steps that will send a warning, possibly make a point that, there’s an expectation that government contracting will be conducted in a fair, ethical, legal fashion.”

Prosecutors and federal agents are calling the arrest of Atilan historic.

The man will be held without bail until a hearing on Thursday.

He could face a maximum of 65 years for all three charges.

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