DOWNTOWN ? A Burbank resident who fled to Armenia after allegedly bilking 10 area victims out of $65,000 by selling them fake plots at Forest Lawn Glendale is back in the Southland and in custody, authorities said Sunday.
Robert Ovsepyan, 35, was taken into custody by Armenian law enforcement authorities on March 8 , said Det. Tigran Topadzhikyan of the Glendale Police Department. Two members of the FBI's Fugitive Task Force, which worked with Glendale detectives in tracking Ovsepyan down, flew to Armenia's capital of Yerevan over the weekend and brought the suspect back to the Southland Saturday night, officials said.
Ovsepyan arrived Saturday night at LAX, and was interviewed Sunday by Glendale Police detectives, Officer John Balian of the Glendale Police Department said. The investigation into Ovsepyan, who began working for Forest Lawn Glendale in 2004, began in October when Forest Lawn officials contacted Glendale Police after receiving several calls from residents inquiring about their plots, Topadzhikyan said.