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Two men arrested in international wire fraud investigation

Valley police have arrested two men and are looking for a third man allegedly involved in an international fraud investigation.

Police arrested Daniel Bobac and Cotaibah Radu, both from Romania, on Thursday afternoon after police said Bobac attempted to retrieve a money transfer at a MoneyGram counter in the Wal-Mart on 20th Ave.

The FBI Cyber Crime task force in Houston, Texas alerted Valley police that the transfer could be attempted wire fraud and said that Bobac was attempting to retrieve the money after cheating a Canadian man who responded to a false advertisement on E-Bay.

According to a news release, when police arrived at the Wal-Mart, Bobac presented an Argentinian passport which identified him as Blair Zamara, and told police he was waiting on the delivery of the funds.

Police said the man was "very nervous" and learned that he had been with at least two other men, one of which was Radu. Radu was running down the roadway, but stopped near the Arby's restaurant on 20th Ave.

Both Bobac and Radu were taken to the Valley police department, where police determined that Bobac's passport was false.

According to police, Bobac is wanted by Pennsylvania law enforcement on felony charges for his use of an allegedly false Danish passport. He was also found to be in the country illegally on an expired visa and found to have at least seven aliases. The Immigration and Customs Service has placed a federal detainer on Bobac, pending further investigation.

Police took two cell phones from Bobac, one of which had over $3,000 worth of call on it and is believed to be stolen.

Radu, whose last known address was abroad a Princess Cruise ship docked in Miami, Fla., also had a cell phone with multiple international calls recorded.

According to the release, Bobac and Radu had driven from Atlanta to Valley to obtain the wire transfer, but told police they were enroute to Florida.

Bobac was charged by Valley police with obstructing justice through the use of a false identity, possession of a forged document and attempted theft. He will be charged later with being a fugitive from justice in at least one other state.

Radu was charged with being pedestrian prohibited from running into a roadway and obstruction of a governmental operation.

Both Radu and Bobac are being held in the Chambers County jail.

Police are still looking for another suspect in the investigation, described as a large Gypsy man driving a red Chrysler Pacifica. The car was last seen leaving the Wal-Mart area headed northbound on U.S. 29.

Another with information regarding the suspects whereabouts is encouraged to call Valley police at 334-756-5200.

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