Arrest made in connection to Saranac man's disappearance

7:25 PM, Mar 27, 2009   |    comments
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IONIA, Mich. (WZZM) - A Lowell man is under arrest on a charge of making false statements under oath in connection with the investigation of a missing Saranac man.

Michigan State Police say they arrested Rami Saba, 36, Friday on a perjury warrant.  Investigators say Saba is being held in the Ionia County Jail on a $1 million bond.

Saba has been a key figure in the investigation into the September 2007 disappearance of Donald Dietz, 67. 

Saba is facing federal identity theft and bank fraud charges for allegedly using Dietz's name to take the missing man's money. Saba, however, has never been charged with kidnapping or murdering Dietz. 

In a statement released tonight, troopers say the current four-count perjury arrest relates to Saba "knowingly making false statements under oath in an examination based on reasonable belief that a homicide and/or kidnapping of Donald Dietz had been committed"

Investigators say the penalty for the offenses is life imprisonment or any term of years.

Another man, Raogo Ouedraogo, is charged in the original federal fraud and identity theft case.

WZZM 13 News will have more on the new charges against Rami Saba, and the Michigan State Police investigation into Dietz's disappearance, tonight on WZZM 13 News at 11 p.m.

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