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Wanted U.S. man arrested after YouTube video promotes his new business in Mexico

By Mason White 2:21 PM October 14, 2013
Alex Martinez 

By: Shifra Unger
(Scroll down for video) An innocent YouTube video led police to a wanted man, who is accused of stealing money from his clients.

The former president of a West Hollywood, California, escrow company, who is suspected of defrauding his clients by stealing their money, was arrested after he was seen in a YouTube video promoting his new restaurant in Mexico, which he opened after he fled from the United States.

Alejandro “Alex” Martinez, 44, was president of Prime West Escrow, where he allegedly stole $1.3 million from trust accounts. Among the victims were newlyweds and military personnel stationed overseas, according to authorities.

Martinez fled to Mexico after detectives began investigating him for stealing $1,324,825.

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Detective Ron Sabatine found the video of an interview in which Martinez promotes his restaurant.

“Martinez apparently used the money to buy property and open a restaurant called Cafe La Boheme in Merida, a city in the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico,” Sabatine said.

While detectives were working to extradite him from Mexico, Martinez for some unknown reasons, flew to Los Angeles, where he was arrested by Customs and Border Patrol agents at the airport.