State Dept: Businessman held in Bolivia is in US

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Updated: Mon, 16 Dec 2013 07:16:36 EST

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The U.S. State Department says a New York businessman detained the past 2 1/2 years in Bolivia on suspicion of money laundering has arrived in the United States.

A State Department official speaking on condition of anonymity says only that the agency can confirm Jacob Ostreicher had left Bolivia, and it can give no details on his departure or travel.

Bolivian government officials said Monday that they didn't know anything about him possibly leaving.

Ostreicher spent 18 months in a Bolivian jail without charges on suspicion of money laundering while trying to salvage a rice-growing venture. He was released a year ago and put under house arrest in the city of Santa Cruz after actor Sean Penn directly appealed to President Evo Morales to free him.

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