[UPDATED: Freed by Mexican Authorities] Ricardo Asch, Doctor Who Stole Eggs and Embryos From UC Irvine Fertility Clinic Arrested In Mexico City
Ricardo Asch was the star of a 1990s fertility scandal, when he and a partner, Jose Balmaceda, would use eggs from the center to help infertile women bear children. He fled the country to avoid prosecution and has been listed as a wanted fugitive for years.
American officials have until Jan. 3 to complete the extradition paperwork. If the extradition request is approved, Asch could be returned to U.S. soil sometime next year.
Asch has long maintained his innocence, telling a Mexico City newspaper in 2000 that others were trying to destroy his reputation due to "professional jealousy or envy" and because he is a "supersuccessful foreigner."