A 55-year-old man wanted in Canada for a $2.5 million fraud has been arrested by U.S. marshals in Salt Lake City, according to jail officials.

Kenneth Ervin Ford was booked into jail on a hold for the marshal's office Wednesday, according to a Salt Lake County Jail clerk.Ford and a business partner, Carlton Gray, are wanted in Vancouver for allegedly defrauding the Canadian government in 1987. Gray was arrested in Las Vegas in October.

Ford and Gray reportedly fled to Costa Rica after they were charged with defrauding the country through an ill-fated scientific research tax credit program.

Ford was arrested at the Salt Lake International Airport.

The charges stem from their involvement in the Vancouver-based Detech Dehydration Technology Ltd., which obtained tax credits through the program. Gray was director of the company and Ford an officer.

The men are accused of claiming Detech spent about $5 million on scientific research it never conducted.