Arrest warrant after man fails to surrender

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Federal prosecutors filed an arrest warrant for a Syosset man who failed to surrender himself Friday after being accused of more fraud while out on bail over an alleged $26-million Ponzi scheme.

Eric Aronson, 43, had been on home detention when his bail was revoked Monday. The U.S. attorney's office for Long Island had said he duped a California man out of $25,000, claiming he could market the businessman's health food bars on the "Dr. Oz" television show when Aronson had no influence there.

A federal judge Monday granted Aronson's request to remain on bail until Friday, court papers said.

About 10:30 a.m., Aronson's telephone service connecting to the electronic monitoring system was terminated, the warrant said, and his brother-in-law told authorities Aronson left his house after that time.

His attorney, Randy Zelin of Garden City, said the termination could have been part of plans for Aronson's surrender.

"I'm concerned for his safety and well being," Zelin said. "All I know is that Eric has always made his court appearances and has always done what was expected of him."

Aronson was indicted in April, accused of promising investors up to 400 percent interest in a business that supposedly imported ecologically friendly porous paving stones from Australia, court records said.

After that, Gregory Manos, head of Active Health Food, had testified, he paid Aronson for publicity and orders on his Active X Energy bars.

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