Perhaps, after reading the above headline, you were guessing that a woman convicted of raking more than $650,000 in disability and insurance payments after faking injuries ended up winning the lottery and going to Disney World, where all her transgressions were forgiven. But nope! After tweeting such taunts as “Catch me if you can,” the former Amtrak clerk was tracked down in Mexico and arrested.
The 60-year-old woman fled while free on bail after her January conviction for insurance fraud. She was sentenced in absentia last month and was facing 20 years in prison.
Maybe she had one too many sugary drinks down Mexico way and was feeling confident, because she sent a few tweets that appeared to be taunting law enforcement authorities — including the “Catch me if you can” gem that’s thought to be directed at San Diego District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis, reports the Los Angeles Times and “Help find me before I con anyone else.”
Bold words, lady. Bold words.
After her social media activities were turned over to the U.S. Marshal and the Computer and Technology Crime High-Tech Response Team, a fugitive task force reeled her in on July 4.
“The defendant in this case was brazen in both the large-scale fraud she committed and the way she mocked the criminal justice system,” said Dumanis.
The woman claimed she slipped and fell in 2006, and was so severely injured she’d need an in-home caregiver. She amassed payments from seven insurance companies as well as a government agency as a result.
But things got a bit fishy, after prosecutors said she took to the road, traveling to the Dominican Republic, New York, Seattle, Boston, Fort Lauderdale and even a 16-day tour of China in 2008 with her boyfriend.
“This was an extreme case, but any level of disability fraud ultimately increases insurance costs for everyone,” Dumanis said.
Fugitive tweets taunt to D.A., then gets caught in Mexico [Los Angeles Times]