Fugitive extradited from Singapore to Oakland after 20 years

A woman who had been on the run from federal authorities for 20 years appeared in court in Oakland for the first time after being extradited from Singapore, U.S. prosecutors said.

Voni Chen, now 57, of Taiwan, and her father, Richard Chen, 87, were originally indicted in 2000 on mail fraud charges involving their manufacturing company.

The couple submitted fake invoices to a loan company to obtain more than $5 million in loan funds, federal prosecutors said.

Voni and Richard Chen both pleaded guilty in 2001 but failed to appear for their hearings in 2002.

Bench warrants were issued for their arrest and the couple remained on the run for over 20 years until Singaporean officials alerted US authorities to their presence in Singapore and arrested them.

“Following Chen’s consent to their extradition to the United States, Singapore’s Law Minister ordered the extradition of both,” the prosecutor said.

Voni Chen was extradited to the United States last week and made his first court appearance on Friday. Richard Chen is still waiting for transfer.

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