Four years after escaping from Colorado prison, a fraudster is caught in Florida ‘living large’

A man convicted of fraud who escaped from a Colorado federal prison more than four years ago was arrested this week in Florida, the U.S.

The U.S. Marshals Service said that a man who was convicted of fraud and escaped from the federal prison in Colorado more than four year ago, was arrested last week in Florida. Marshals Service reported.

The marshals service released a statement on Wednesday stating that Allen Todd May (58) was arrested in Fort Lauderdale, Tuesday, in an area with homes worth $1 million.

Chief Deputy U.S. Attorney, John A. Sullivan said: “This guy has a very, very good way of fooling people.” Marshal Katrina Crouse spoke to NBC affiliate WPTV Palm Beach in Colorado. “We’re still not sure how he lived high on the hog.”

Allen Todd May.U.S. Marshals Service

Officials said that May, who was already serving a 20 year sentence for mail fraud, handed down in 2012, orchestrated an oil and gas royalties fraud of $700,000.

In December 2018, he escaped from the Federal Correctional Institute Englewood, Littleton, Colorado.

The search for the missing May was conducted in several states. The Marshals Service reported that a tipter pointed authorities in July to a picture posted online by the Palm Beach Daily News which they believed was of May.

Kirk Taylor, the marshal of the Colorado district, issued a statement in which he thanked the anonymous tipper for their information that led directly to the arrest of the unorthodox fugitive.

The Marshals Service reported that investigators were tracking May’s suspected partner and had followed a UHaul truck to a Fort Lauderdale home. May left the house as the U-Haul truck was unloaded.

The federal court documents do not detail the escape of May from prison on December 21, 2018. The Marshals Service reported that the federal Bureau of Prisons had noticed May missing when they conducted a prisoner counting on December 21, 2018.

According to the website, FCI Englewood has a low level of security.

Federal Bureau of Prisons stated that he had been reported missing by a satellite camp located adjacent to the prison. It stated that it did not have any additional information.

According to the Marshals Service, May was sentenced to twenty years of prison in the Northern District of Texas on February 12, 2012.

The fraudulent scheme May perpetrated from behind bars involved unclaimed royalty payments due to oil companies. Court documents state that when these people or entities cannot be located, the funds will be placed in a suspense fund and ultimately transferred to the states.

Documents say that May pretended to represent business entities owing royalties. She even filed corporate documents with state secretaries and used a friend’s address, since she was in jail.

According to court documents, he made around $700,000. He ran the scheme from December 2016 until December 2018.

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