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Missing Breckenridge attorney being extradited back to Colorado

7:53 PM, Dec 12, 2011   |    comments
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Daniel was extradited on Monday in San Diego after he waived his extradition rights last week.

It is unclear when he will arrive in Colorado.

The missing Breckenridge attorney is accused of stealing up to $1 million from clients. He could face additional charges. Daniel was last seen on April 27, 2007.

After an initial search by friends and police, authorities issued a warrant for his arrest on two counts of theft - alleging he never returned clients' money from real-estate transactions.

Daniel was caught when he tried to cross from Mexico into the U.S. and Border Patrol discovered there was an outstanding warrant for his arrest.

Daniel talked to 9NEWS' sister station in San Diego from inside the jail on Thursday.

"It was a pretty pleasant life, not glamorous, but pleasant. I never looked back after leaving Breckenridge. It was very painful to even think of looking back," Daniel said.

Daniel didn't want to get into specifics about the embezzling allegations without an attorney present. He did say the funds he took from clients are still in his account and that he took off for Mexico with only $800.

After missing several appointments in 2007, a coworker called authorities starting the search for Daniel. Police say the security camera failed to record when Daniel left the building, but they found his car, keys and his dog still at his office. A friend and former law partner says police initially told her Daniel's office was in some disarray.

Investigators say a 911 call was made from Daniel's cellphone and there was a pen on the floor and a pair of sunglasses that were broken.

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