Barbadian fugitive Hainsley Browne, accused of defrauding elderly victims in Barbados of approximately USD$130,000, has been arrested in South Carolina, United States.
His arrest last weekend follows a two-year joint investigation between the Diplomatic Security Service’s Regional Security Office at the United States Embassy and the Royal Barbados Police Force.
Law enforcement authorities discovered that Browne had assumed the identity of Ronald Browne, and was residing in South Carolina.
On Friday August 5, Operation Intercept Violent Fugitive Task Force, the U.S. Marshals-led fugitive task force in South Carolina, asked Crime Stoppers to send Browne’s photo and description to the media. Within hours, the task force received numerous tips which eventually led to his arrest in Fairfield County, where he was transported to the local detention center.
Browne will be seen at a U.S. District Court in Columbia, where he will face charges related to wire and visa fraud prior to his deportation back to Barbados.
“The successful conclusion of this case highlights the importance of ongoing collaboration with our foreign law enforcement partners in combating crime which, increasingly, knows no borders,” acting Regional Security Officer and Diplomatic Security Special Agent Matthew Spaulding said.
“The Regional Security Office is committed to continue to work with the Royal Barbados Police Force in our efforts to fight regional crime.”
The U.S. Embassy said it is committed to assisting the regions law enforcement agencies with the fight against crime.