ATLANTA -- Two fugitives accused of bilking metro-Atlantans out of more than $1 million have been arrested in Connecticut.
11Alive first told you about the married couple just over a year ago, when Chief Investigator Brendan Keefe revealed how Eliahu Shetrit and Ayelet Ellituv somehow have been able to stay one step ahead of the law and one step ahead of their many creditors while living in luxury.
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Now their accusers hope they may finally get at least some, if not all, of their life savings back from the couple.
The pair were indicted by a Fulton County Grand Jury in Atlanta three weeks ago, charged with 58 counts of racketeering, theft, forgery and identity fraud and other charges. Police arrested them in Woodbridge, Conn. last week, at the mansion where the two were living with their three children.
Bobbi Livnant from Dunwoody is a jeweler and said Shetrit stole more than $200,000 worth of diamonds from her under the guise of a legitimate business deal.
"This is a classic, con-artist couple,” she told 11Alive. "This is the story of them just going around and just hurting people. Hurting people financially, hurting people emotionally. It really messes with you when your friend cons you."
The indictment accuses the couple of using various schemes to defraud people in metro Atlanta, each person often losing tens-of-thousands of dollars, and more.
Sandy Springs Police arrested them two years ago, but a Fulton County judge released them on bond. 11Alive Investigator Brendan Keefe found the couple in New York City, living in a $1.4 million high-rise apartment with $1 million dollars hidden from creditors, all the while claiming they were bankrupt.
And after their arrest in the mansion last week in Connecticut, a judge there released them on bond again, even though, according to court documents, Fulton County told authorities the two had been fugitives from justice.
11Alive has not been able to reach the couple for comment.
Bobbi Livnant and other former friends of the couple hope they're both brought back to Fulton County, finally, for trial.
"I would like to see them in jail,” Livnant said. “They should not be able to enjoy the luxuries of free people."
Fulton County D.A. Paul Howard has not said, yet, when he expects to bring them back for prosecution.