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Posted on Thu, Jun 30, 2011 : 1 p.m.

Man wanted by Saline police is nabbed by fugitive investigators in New York

By Lee Higgins

A Saline man is awaiting extradition to Michigan to face a host of fraud charges after being arrested Tuesday by fugitive investigators in Buffalo, N.Y.

Curtis Wesley Sandig, 24, is charged with absconding from bond, two counts each of identity theft and using a computer to commit a crime, three counts of making an unauthorized credit application with a financial institution and six counts of financial transaction device fraud.

Saline police Det. Don Lupi said Sandig is accused of taking people’s personal information and opening credit card and bank accounts under their names to buy televisions, computers, furniture and other items. At least two people were victimized in the alleged scheme that ran from Dec. 25, 2010, and continued until at least Feb. 1 of this year, police said.

Lupi said Sandig was orginally extradited from California to face 13 of the charges. Because of a clerical error, Sandig was only arraigned on two of the charges, Lupi said, and was released from the Washtenaw County Jail on April 25 after paying $350. Lupi suspects had Sandig been arraigned on all charges, the bond would have been significantly higher. Lupi did not have specifics on the clerical error.

After Sandig was released from jail, Lupi said he didn't show up for court and fled to New York.

On Tuesday, Buffalo police fugitive investigators nabbed Sandig at an apartment he was renting in Buffalo, Lupi said. It's unclear when Sandig will return to Michigan.

Lee Higgins covers crime and courts for He can be reached by phone at (734) 623-2527 and email at



Wed, Oct 26, 2011 : 12:32 a.m.

What are fugitive investigators? Detectives on the lam?


Fri, Jul 1, 2011 : 1:13 p.m.

When are people going to realize that unless they move OUT of the country, you can't hope to outrun satellites and fiber optic cables??


Thu, Jun 30, 2011 : 7:27 p.m.

This would have been more exciting if "Dog The Bounty Hunter" had nabbed him.

John of Saline

Thu, Jun 30, 2011 : 8:52 p.m.

Well, duh. Would love to hear more about the "clerical error."