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Escaped Convicts Live the High Life With Credit Cards

January 03, 1986|From Reuters

OSLO — Two escaped convicts armed with credit cards have run up bills totaling $400,000 on a three-month, around-the-world spending spree and have sent their former jailers postcards from Jamaica and other sunny spots, police said today.

Huge hotel and shopping bills charged to international credit cards showed the two had been living it up in Rio de Janeiro, Tokyo, Hong Kong and Singapore since failing to return to prison after brief paroles three months ago.

Oeystein Christiansen had formed a private company to qualify for the cards while still in prison serving sentence for drug trafficking, and had appointed his fellow inmate Per Wold managing director of the firm.

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