We hope the Absolute Capital Management founder got a really good look at whatever masterpieces he went to the Uffizi to see, because he’s not likely to get back to Florence any time soon. Or, for that matter, Colombia, where he spent five years on the run despite being shot in the country in 2006. Or any other country with an extradition treaty with the U.S., which wants to have a chat with him about an alleged $200 million penny-stock cross-trading scam.
Florian Homm, facing charges that could have effectively led to life imprisonment, was set free from a jail in Pisa after the Italian supreme court ruled late Tuesday that he had been held longer than allowed, said Jan L. Handzlik, a lawyer in Los Angeles who represents Mr. Homm.
Mr. Homm, jailed since early last year, returned to Germany, Mr. Handzlik said, where he is apparently safe from extradition. “We are gratified by the court’s ruling and delighted that Florian’s 14-month nightmare has come to an end,” Mr. Handzlik said in an email….
The release appears to have taken place without advance notice to United States prosecutors, who accused Mr. Homm of defrauding clients of $200 million.