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FBI Arrests Accused Wife Swindler After Television Show Viewers Phone

May 20, 1988 GMT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) _ A man who allegedly swindled nine former wives was arrested after people who saw an episode of NBC’s ″Unsolved Mysteries″ called the FBI and said they knew a man who looked like him.

FBI agents on Thursday arrested Louis Carlucci, a chef wanted by New York police on grand larceny charges. He went by the name Louis Serra in Tennessee.

Carlucci, 44, was the subject of a segment on the television show, which features dramatizations of wanted criminals.

Authorities say Carlucci has been married nine times and has more than 30 children. According to New York police, he is believed to have fleeced his wives of at least $1 million by running their credit card accounts to the limit, draining their savings and encouraging them to invest in jewelry, restaurants and cars.

U.S. Magistrate Kent Sandidge ordered Carlucci jailed Thursday, pending extradition to New York.

Carlucci said from jail that he was host of a birthday party Wednesday night and did not see the show.

″I saw the show last week, but it never dawned on me they’d run a show about me,″ he said. ″I’m glad it’s over. It’s no fun being on the run. I’m not saying I’m an angel, but I’m not a murderer, either.″

Carlucci lived less than a block from a police station in Nashville.