Man charged in company scam arrested in Costa Rica

MIAMI (AP) -- Federal authorities say they'll ask Costa Rica to extradite a U.S. citizen charged with selling fraudulent beverage and greeting card business opportunities.

The U.S. Attorney's Office said Wednesday that Jeffrey Pearson had been arrested in the Central American country. Authorities are searching for a second man indicted by a Miami federal grand jury.

Prosecutors say Pearson and a coconspirator operated out of Costa Rica but used an Internet phone service and virtual offices to appear U.S.-based. Some customers claim they never received the merchandise they bought from Pearson.

Pearson faces up to 10 years in prison for a conspiracy charge and up to 25 years for charges of mail fraud and wire fraud.

Court records don't show a current attorney for Pearson.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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