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10 hideout cities for fugitives

Where would an American fugitive run to flee the long arm of the law? You can see some shameful stories on "American Greed: The Fugitives."

Legal and law-enforcement experts won't comment on "best" hideouts, but they do note that in a foreign country, local police must do the arresting; U.S. diplomatic relations with local law enforcement agencies are critical to extradition.

About 100 countries (some listed here) don't have extradition treaties with the U.S. An American fleeing American justice could hide in plain sight in any one of them. The only problem is, many are rife with poverty and disease—at best unpleasant and at worst intolerable.

Most countries in the Western hemisphere do have extradition treaties with the U.S. So maybe some risk of extradition is worth living in a more pleasurable environment.

What follows is an unscientific list of the 10 hideaway cities for Americans on the lam. It was calculated using a matrix of risk/pleasure factors, including whether or not countries have extradition treaties with the U.S. and how good relations are; size of city population and ease of getting "lost"; and these subjective factors: how westernized the city is and activities and culture available in the city.

—By Celia Seupel, special to CNBC
Posted 21 Nov. 2013

—CNBC follows the money trail in search of the most wanted white-collar fugitives."American Greed: The Fugitives" Thursdays, at 10 p.m. ET.

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