Alan Todd May has been arrested by Fort Lauderdale police in Florida. In 2018, he escaped from a federal prison located in Englewood Colorado.
May led a luxurious lifestyle as “Jacob Turner”, drove a Mercedes-Benz and attended swanky fundraising events.
Katrina Crouse said, “This guy has a very high ability to fool people.” We’re still not sure how he lived high on the hog. ”
Federal officials announced Friday that a career fraudster, who had escaped a federal prison in Colorado almost five years ago, was arrested this week as he moved into a $1.5-million house near the beach on Florida’s Gold Coast.
On Tuesday, federal marshals arrested Alan Todd May (58) at his home in Fort Lauderdale, while movers were unloading a UHaul truck. According to investigators, he was wearing a Rolex at the time of his arrest and driving a Mercedes high-end.
A anonymous tip led authorities to May, who lived under the name of “Jacob Turner,” after they spotted a photo published at a high-end fundraiser. The picture, in which he was wearing a pink shirt and blazer, as well as pink-tinted sunglasses, appeared on the Palm Beach Daily News website.
This fugitive was not exactly keeping a low-profile.
May was “living a lavish life where he flaunted his wealth down in South Florida,” Katrina Crouse said, Chief deputy U.S. Marshal for Colorado in a Friday phone interview.
May, who has a long list of convictions dating back to 1983, including bad checks, abuse of credit cards, theft, and fraud, was being held in Florida, awaiting extradition to Colorado. A message was sent by email to his federal public defense attorney seeking comments.
The U.S. The U.S. Marshals Service has been searching for May since December 2018 when he is alleged to have stolen a U.S. Bureau of Prisons vehicle and escaped a federal prison in Englewood. He was serving a twenty-year sentence for mail fraud in connection with a $7,000,000 Ponzi scheme. Prosecutors said that he spent the money on “extravagant expenses” such as cars, houses and plane tickets.
May stole another $700,000. He did this by filing false documents and pilfering oil and gas royalties owed to various companies. This was according to an indictment from June 2022 charging him with wire and mail fraud.
The trail had been cold for three and a half years.
He is just one of many people who have escaped from U.S. federal prisons over the past few years. The federal Bureau of Prisons is struggling with security in federal prisons throughout the United States. Some prisons have such lax security, that they leave doors unlocked, break security cameras, and sometimes officials don’t even notice an missing inmate for hours.
May had an advantage of up to 24 hours over the U.S. Crouse stated that the Marshals Service had been put on his case, which gave him an advantage.
The marshals service redoubled its efforts to locate May after he was indicted last year in an oil-and gas scheme. They asked the public for help and posted a reward of $5,000. The marshals service received tips from California, Wisconsin Michigan Texas and Florida.
The tip that led to the big breakthrough for the investigators came on the 25th of July when the tipter recognized May from the newspaper picture and notified the marshals. May attended a Palm Beach Area suicide hotline fundraiser, where she posed for hundreds of photographs.
Investigators followed May to an apartment penthouse in Palm Beach. They followed May’s partner, a UHaul moving van, from Palm Beach to Fort Lauderdale.
District of Colorado U.S. In a written report, Marshal Kirk Taylor made the following statement:
Investigators are now focusing on whether May had any help. Investigators are investigating the source of May’s apparent wealth and whether or not he victimized others while on the lam.
Crouse stated, “This guy is very good at fooling other people.” We’re still not sure how he lived high on the hog.
The suicide hotline group was contacted to find out if May attended the fundraiser. The man who is pictured in the picture with May declined to comment when The Associated Press contacted him on Friday.
LinkedIn’s page for May stated that his alias, “Jacob Turner”, was a “certified mediator” in Palm Beach. It turned out that May had taken a mediation class while incarcerated.
Crouse stated, “You cannot make up this stuff.”