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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

U.S. Fugitive Considering Surrender

The fugitive husband of former expatriate psychologist Beverly Dwight said he is "leaning heavily" toward surrendering to U.S. law enforcement authorities, but U.S. officials were unimpressed and said the manhunt for him is continuing.


David Carter, who was charged in 1992 with defrauding seven U.S. banks of more than $1 million, said in a Wednesday night telephone interview that he is angry with Dwight, his estranged wife, for agreeing to testify against him and added that federal prosecutors "just scared Beverly."


John Malcolm, the assistant U.S. attorney handling the case, said in a telephone interview from Atlanta, Georgia: "I'm not going to sit back and wait for him to turn himself in. I'm actively looking for him."


Malcolm declined to say where the U.S. Marshals Service was searching for Carter, who was a businessman in St. Petersburg until his wife's arrest in January.


Carter, who declined to say from where he was initiating the phone call, said he learned by reading the English-language St. Petersburg Press newspaper about Dwight's decision last month to plead guilty to two misdemeanor charges of bank larceny in exchange for her testimony against him.


"She's obviously not too concerned about the relationship with me," said Carter, 49. "You don't just cancel out a relationship to save your neck."


For her part, Dwight, 45, downplayed the couple's relationship in a telephone interview from her parents' West Virginia home.


"We have been living apart for a number of years so we have not really been man and wife as far as I am concerned," said Dwight, adding that she and Carter had a common-law marriage. "I feel I just don't know this man. I don't know what he is thinking or where he is coming from."


Dwight is due to be sentenced July 5 in a federal district court in Atlanta on the two misdemeanor charges. She, like Carter, originally faced 40 felony counts stemming from the operation of an Atlanta catering company the couple owned in the 1980s. They left Atlanta for Europe in late 1989.