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Banker Flew Jet to U.K. and Found Cops Waiting With U.S. Charges

  • Peter Weinzierl wanted by U.S. on money laundering allegations
  • Ex-CEO denied bail after judge says he’s a flight risk
Peter Weinzierl in Vienna in 2009.
Peter Weinzierl in Vienna in 2009.Photographer: Ronald Zak/AP Photo
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A banker wanted by the U.S. on money laundering charges was denied bail in the U.K. after he was arrested disembarking a private jet he flew into the country.

Peter Weinzierl, the former chief executive officer of an Austrian private bank, better known by its old name of Meinl Bank AG, piloted the jet into a private airfield just outside London last week, prosecutors said Wednesday. Weinzierl, who is facing charges over his alleged role in a giant Brazilian corruption scandal, was refused bail despite offering a security of 5 million pounds ($7.1 million).