A U.S. Navy veteran from Greater Houston, Texas, who was imprisoned in Thailand for more than a year for a crime he didn’t commit is on his way back to the United States, according to KHOU 11 News.
Fort Bend County native Derrick Keller, 44, was reunited with his wife Tanya and daughter Beverly for the first time in 14 months at an airport in South Korea on Tuesday, Oct. 8. They will be back in Texas to reunite with the rest of the family on Wednesday.
The Navy veteran, the husband, son, and father had been fighting to get out of Thailand since August 2018. He was arrested at Bangkok airport during a vacation.
Thai media reported Keller was accused of being part of a Ponzi scheme that defrauded investors of millions of dollars. He faced decades in a Thai prison.
The Kellers said he was only an actor in the company’s corporate videos, which were made well before the company was under investigation, KHOU 11 News reported.
After months of coverage, Keller was found not guilty on Sept. 30, only to be detained once again trying to leave Thailand.
His family said that on Tuesday, the U.S. Embassy escorted Keller through Customs at the airport in Bangkok and got him on a plane to South Korea.
HUGE UPDATE! US Navy Veteran Derrick Keller is in South Korea and reunited with his wife and daughter. He had been in a Thai prison for 13 months for a crime he didn’t commit. #khou11 #veteran #derrickkeller pic.twitter.com/DtTdk7uGzt
— Lauren Talarico (@KHOULauren) October 8, 2019