Liz Swain 4:24 p.m., May 24
A United States citizen, who was arrested last week in San Felipe for an investment scam, will be deported to the U.S. for prosecution. 51-year-old Eric Dean Sawtelle was arrested on charges of fraud, breach of trust, and embezzlement of funds. Sawtelle was currently posing as an investor for foreigners living in San Felipe.
The international unit of the state police of Baja California, along with the FBI, made the arrest on Saturday, May 26th. The two agencies had recently upped their information sharing process, in order to aid in cross border arrests.
San Felipe is a two-hour drive southeast of Mexicali. The city has a population of over 16,000, but will increase greatly at times due to U.S. and Canadian part-time residents. The city sits on the Sea of Cortez, and at certain times of the year can have several thousand foreign residents.
Sawtelle’s city or state of origin was not disclosed by authorities; however, the fugitive had last known residences in Sacramento and Oroville, California. It was announced today by state authorities that Sawtelle would be handed over to U.S. authorities, even though he could be charged in the U.S. and Mexico.