New twist in Covid relief fraud case: Third fraudster is on the run (NBC News)

NBC News: New twist in Covid relief fraud case: Third fraudster is on the run. “A third member of a California fraud ring accused of stealing more than $18 million in Covid-19 relief loans has gone on the run, the FBI said Thursday. Tamara Dadyan, 42, was supposed to report to prison Jan. 28 to start serving a 10-year sentence, but she never showed up, and her whereabouts are unknown.”

New York Times: Fugitive Who Faked His Death and Fled U.S. Is Caught in Scotland, Officials Say

New York Times: Fugitive Who Faked His Death and Fled U.S. Is Caught in Scotland, Officials Say. “The remembrances poured in for Nicholas Alahverdian, saying that he had succumbed at 32 to non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 2020…. But his demise was greatly exaggerated, the authorities in two states said this week. Mr. Alahverdian, a convicted sex offender wanted on a rape charge in Utah, was alive and not so well, prosecutors in Utah and the Rhode Island State Police said.”

Sky News: Mafia fugitive arrested after being spotted on Google Street View in Spain

Sky News: Mafia fugitive arrested after being spotted on Google Street View in Spain. “A Sicilian mafia fugitive who was on the run for nearly 20 years was caught after being spotted on Google Street View. Gioacchino Gammino, 61, was tracked down to Galapagar in Spain – a town near Madrid – after a picture showed a man resembling him chatting outside a fruit shop.”

New York Times: A couple convicted of stealing Covid funds is on the run, the F.B.I. says.

New York Times: A couple convicted of stealing Covid funds is on the run, the F.B.I. says.. “When the Covid-19 pandemic began last year, a Southern California man recruited his brother, his wife and many others to use the identities of older people, foreign exchange students who had left the country and dead relatives to apply for $20 million in federal relief funds, the authorities said. The man, Richard Ayvazyan, 43, bought a $3.25 million mansion and filled it with gold coins, luxury watches and imported furniture using the stolen Covid-19 disaster-relief funds, federal prosecutors in California said.”

Cornell University: Freedom on the Move launches database of fugitives from American slavery

Cornell University: Freedom on the Move launches database of fugitives from American slavery. “Freedom on the Move (FOTM), an online project devoted to fugitives from slavery in North America, is enlisting the help of the public to create a database for tens of thousands of advertisements placed by enslavers who wanted to recapture self-liberating Africans and African-Americans…. The free, open-source site has been designed to be accessible to the public. Users can quickly set up an account and begin working with digitized versions of the advertisements. Users transcribe the text of an advertisement and then answer questions about the ad and the person it describes. They can choose to transcribe ads from a particular state or specific time period, depending on their areas of interest.” I’m sure you’ve heard of this project before – it looks like I mentioned it in RB back in 2016 – but now it has […]

Police Department in Kansas Starts Facebook Feature That’s Basically “Where’s Waldo” For Fugitives

A police department in Kansas has started a new Facebook feature that’s basically “Where’s Waldo” for fugitives. I’m not even kidding. “This week the Halstead Police Department launched a new, and inventive, way to deal with outstanding bench warrants issued by Halstead Municipal Court. It’s called ‘Find the Fugitive,’ and the plan is to post to the department Facebook page each week.”