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U.S. Border Patrol detains fugitive Breckenridge attorney Scoop Daniel, wanted on charges of felony theft

Royal "Scoop" Daniel.

Daniel absconded in 2007, allegedly with up to $1 million pilfered from clients’ real estate deals

By Summit Voice

SUMMIT COUNTY — A prominent Breckenridge lawyer who disappeared in 2007 has been detained in San Diego after trying to enter the U.S. from Mexico.

The U.S. Border Patrol contacted local law enforcement agencies Wednesday, Dec. 7 to confirm an active arrest warrant for Royal “Scoop” Daniel.

According to a press release from the Breckenridge Police Department, Daniel was taken into custody and is currently being held in the San Diego County Jail. Daniel is awaiting an extradition hearing, which is expected to occur Dec. 8.

Daniel vanished under mysterious circumstances in April 2007, allegedly with up to $1 million that he was managing for clients as part of his role in various real estate deals.

His disappearance was at first treated as a missing-persons case, but after a criminal investigation, a warrant for his arrest was issued on charges of felony theft.

The Breckenridge Police Department has an investigator in San Diego who has confirmed the individual being held is Daniel and is following up on the investigation.

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