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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Carter Set To Fight Extradition

David Carter, the former St. Petersburg businessman and common-law husband of expatriate psychologist Beverly Dwight, plans to fight his extradition from Cyprus to the United States where he faces charges of bank fraud, Carter's Nicosia lawyer said Thursday.

Carter, 49, was being held Thursday night in a Cyprus jail, pending a judge's decision, expected Friday, on whether he should be held in jail during the extradition process or released on bail, said attorney Yiannos Georgiades.

"He wants to stay in Cyprus and live here," said Georgiades, who estimated the extradition hearings could take at least a year.

Carter was arrested by Cypriot police Wednesday morning in Limassol, Cyprus' second-biggest city, after a seven-month manhunt. In a Thursday court hearing, Carter told a judge that he refused to open the door for police because "he thought they were the Russian mafia and they wanted to hurt him," said Andy Petrou, a Cypriot journalist covering Carter's case.

Carter and Dwight were charged in a 40-count federal indictment with defrauding seven U.S. banks of over $1 million. Since Carter's mid-January disappearance from St. Petersburg -- where he had lived for three years -- U.S. federal agents did not know his whereabouts.

On Thursday, his Russian wife, Yana Gavrilovich Carter, 29, told Cypriot reporters that she, Carter and a 10-year-old daughter from her previous marriage had left Russia in January, briefly stayed in Monaco and finally settled in Cyprus where they were setting up a firm dealing in investments, real estate and restaurant supplies, according to Petrou.

Carter's marriage three years ago to Yana Carter was not news to Dwight, who said in a telephone interview Thursday that she had heard of the relationship while living in Moscow.

In Thursday's court appearance, according to Petrou, Carter made reference to a third woman, a Russian, from whom he said he is divorced.

Dwight is due to be sentenced Tuesday in Atlanta on lesser charges resulting from a plea bargain in which she agreed to testify against Carter.