Afzal ‘Bobby’ Khan, a Scottish businessman, has been on the run since 2014, and is accused of running a fraudulent luxury car dealership in Ramsey New Jersey, where he allegedly swindled wealthy clientele and banks.
As the head of Emporio Auto Group, he allegedly took out large loans for clients but failed to deliver on the cars, and didn’t have the car title for some sales, reported Fox News.
Investigators say Khan’s sham deals, misleading sales agreements and falsified financial transactions left customers empty-handed and responsible for payments, while owners of consignment vehicles were left without their money or cars.
Khan was indicted by a grand jury in 2015 for allegedly taking $1.7 million from one bank through sham transactions with two dozen clients, but it was later discovered that Khan had at least 75 more customers who fell prey to his tricks.
Khan told Fox News he has attempted to ask prosecutors for years to allow his family to return to the United States with him if he surrenders. According to the news outlet, Khan said if they flew commercially, they would face fines of $60,000 for overstaying their visas.
“What more do I have to do? I’m basically practically begging you,” Khan told Fox News. “I’m a fugitive from justice saying ‘arrest me’.”
He reportedly argued that his request should be granted as he is living in a country with no extradition treaty to the United States, so they have no other way of getting to him.
“[The prosecutor] is gonna spend $20,000 to get information about me and then who knows how much money he’s had to spend trying to chase me around the world. Let me walk into an embassy. You’ve got a military jet going home, throw me in with my wife and kids,” Khan said.
Former New Jersey Assistant U.S. Attorney Joseph Mack told Fox News it would be “tough” to have sympathy for Khan, adding that he created the situation for his family himself.
“He has created this issue. He has created this quagmire. And now he’s looking for the Department of Justice to fix that for him. And I think that’s where the difficulty in this and this issue is,” Mack said.
If he is apprehended, Khan, as a fugitive, faces a prison sentence of up to 100 years. A $20,000 reward has also been offered by the FBI for information leading to his capture.