U.S. Will Not Extradite Professor from Spain; Professor Released Last Week

The United States Department of Justice does not intend to initiate extradition proceedings against Dr. Yvonne Julie John, an assistant professor at the University of Trinidad and Tobago (UTT), who is wanted by the U.S. Secret Service on charges of embezzlement.

Officers assigned to Interpol at the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service said that the U.S. Department of Justice has indicated that they will not pursue John by way of extradition.

However, once John, who has dual citizenship, returns to the United States, she would be arrested on an outstanding warrant and taken before a judge at the U.S. District Court in Macon, in Georgia, United States.

John was released by police last Thursday, hours after she was arrested at her San Fernando home and questioned at the Morvant Police Station by officers of the North Eastern Division and Interpol.

John, 64, the administrator at UTT’s Corinth Campus in San Fernando, was detained by Senior Superintendent Theophilus Cummings and Sargent Roger Alexander and Corporal Sunil Barath of the North Eastern Division. Officers said they had information that John was being sought by U.S. authorities on federal charges of embezzlement.

John faces charges of wire fraud for using debit cards to pay $1,762 in cell phone bills and one count of theft from an organization receiving federal funds for embezzling in excess of $5,000 from an after-school account.

While John was being investigated by the Secret Service in 2007, she took up a job with UTT on November 1, of that year, as an assistant professor at the School of Cognition, Learning and Education. That contract expires on October 31 this year.

A warrant was issued in the U.S. earlier this year for John who could not be found when United States authorities attempted to serve her with several summonses after she was indicted on May 5.

The executive of UTT is yet to decide on whether or not John will be allowed to continue teaching at the campus.

John was the principal of the Winterville Elementary School, Anthens County, Georgia but resigned on December, 5, 2005. An audit revealed funds were missing in June that year.

The charges allege between June and December 2005, John and her secretary Margie Browning, misappropriated $155,000 from an after-school program.

Douglas McNabb and other members of the firm practice and write extensively on matters involving Federal Criminal Defense, Interpol Litigation, International Extradition and OFAC Litigation.

The author of this blog is Douglas McNabb. Please feel free to contact him directly at mcnabb@mcnabbassociates.com or at one of the offices listed above.

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