A 69-year-old Tucson man was indicted last week on charges he created a fake abducted child recovery company to bilk a man of $65,000.
Philip Wolfe-Fierson is charged with five counts of wire fraud, according to the indictment filed in U.S. District Court in Tucson.
Wolfe-Fierson was contacted in the spring of 2007 by a California man who was looking for a way to get back his 2-year-old daughter, who had been taken illegally to Argentina by the girl's mother, court records show.
The man found a company online called Delta International, which purported to specialize in abducted child recovery, court records show. Wolfe-Fierson was the owner of Delta International, court records show.
The man began contacting Delta and in April 2007 faxed an eight-page contract to Wolfe-Fierson and agreed to pay $65,000 to have his daughter brought back to California, court records show.
The man made four payments totaling $65,000 to Delta between March and August 2007 but in October 2007 received an email from Wolfe-Fierson saying Delta had terminated their contract, court records show.
Wolfe-Fierson spent 30 months in federal prison after pleading guilty to an unknown charge in August 2001, court records show.
He was placed on five years of supervised release, which was set to end Sept. 2, according to court records.