Oxford man to be extradited to face charges in California

August 24, 2018

OXFORD — A local man was taken into custody Tuesday on charges related to money laundering out of California, officials said.

Werner Janer, 56, of Oxford, was arrested at his place of business on Route 67 in Oxford on Tuesday, said Dan Semosky, the state police resident trooper in Oxford.

Semosky said he and several of his Oxford officers went to the business to ensure a safe apprehension.

On Tuesday, the Los Angeles County Defense Attorney’s Office contacted Semosky about a an active warrant they had for Janer. Semosky said the DA’s office said they were willing to extradite Janer to California to face charges for his alleged crimes.

The charges Janer faces include money laundering, identity theft and larceny, he said, adding that Werner Janer wasn’t the only name the Oxford man was known by.

“He has a pretty extensive criminal history in Connecticut, New York and California,” Semosky said. “He’s had numerous arrests in the past, and several aliases.”

He said Janer was taken into custody as a fugitive from justice because of warrant carries the California charges. He was arraigned on Wednesday, Semosky said, where a judge set his bond at $270,000.

Janer was not released from custody. Semosky said he is being held at the Bridgeport Correctional Center, pending extradition to California. Janer is expected to enter a plea in court on Sept. 21.

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