NEW YORK - An Albanian national, who was convicted in absentia for a murder in Italy, was arrested on Wednesday by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents.
Ferdinand Marku, also known as Edmond Voli, faces visa-fraud charges for knowingly and intentionally making false statements on a federal immigration application.
Marku, 39, was convicted in absentia, in Rome, Italy, for the November 2000 fatal stabbing of a victim near a subway station on the outskirts of Rome. According to Italian authorities, the victim was stabbed with a screwdriver. Information received from Italian authorities indicated Marku fled to England and then the United States after the murder.
Italian authorities said that Marku also has two prior arrests in Italy for receiving stolen property. Marku failed to claim any of these arrests, crimes or conviction on his U.S. immigration application. He also failed to disclose his alias of Edmond Voli, as he is known by Italian authorities.
"This individual thought he could come to the United States, change his name, and hide from his criminal past," said James T. Hayes Jr., special agent in charge of the ICE Office of Investigations in New York, N.Y. "Now his past has caught up with him. ICE is dedicated to locating and arresting foreign fugitives in the United States who attempt to elude justice for crimes they committed in their home countries."
This arrest resulted from an ICE-led investigation with the assistance of the following agencies: the FBI, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of New York, and the Italian National Police.
The Italian Government is seeking the extradition of Marku so he can serve the 23-year prison sentence imposed on him after he was convicted of murder.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Cristina Posa, Eastern District of New York, is prosecuting this case.