You will have been hard pressed to avoid reading articles about IT Factory and Stein Bagger if you've read any Danish newspapers the past week and a half. The short story for the non-Danes: Bagger is/was the CEO of the now bankrupt company IT Factory. The bankruptcy came after it was revealed that the vast majority of IT Factory's revenues were faked and part of a leasing scam totaling upwards of $170 million.
This morning came the news that Bagger, while wearing a $3000 Armani jacket and a $65.000 Rolex watch, turned himself in to the LAPD at the police station in Skid Row. A choice quote from the L.A. Times article:
I can't help wondering something.. When you enter the U.S. as a foreign citizen, you are given the full workup: your passport is obviously scanned and registered in some vast network of government computers, your fingerprints are taken (yes, all 10 fingers; it's a wonderful way to be welcomed to the country), and so forth.
For all the wonderful Big Brotherness of it, the U.S. authorities didn't realize Bagger was in the country until he turned himself in? The Interpol warrant had been out for several days by then, and I assume it includes such basic information as his passport number. Is it too high-tech to imagine an automatic cross-reference between new Interpol warrants and the passport information of recent entries into the U.S.?