Former SMU student extradited from England

March 21, 2011 4:11:35 AM PDT
A former Southern Methodist University student who fled the country nine years ago has appeared in a federal courtroom in Dallas after being extradited from England. Twenty-eight-year-old Doug Havard, who appeared Friday, is expected to be arraigned next week on federal passport fraud charges. His attorney Paul Coggins said the fact he didn't fight extradition "is a pretty good signal that we should be able to reach a resolution to get something worked out . and avoid a trial."

Havard has spent the past seven years in an English jail after his 2004 arrest there for involvement with a global identity theft ring with ties to Russian organized crime. When he fled the United States, he had pending charges that included drug dealing, organized crime, counterfeiting and aggravated robbery.

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