Miami Fugitive on Running for twenty Years Found in Nicaragua

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Source:   —  April 03, 2016, at 6:06 AM

Robert Allen Lopez, forty-nine, was arrested on Nov. fourteen, two thousand fifteen, and deported to Miami on Saturday by a team of deputy U. S. Marshals. According to Barry Golden, who's a spokesman for the Marshals Service, Lopez was deported because he crossed into Nicaragua by ft and was in the country illegally.

A fugitive from Miami who's been on the running for almost twenty years is back in federal custody after he was arrested in Nicaragua.

Robert Allen Lopez, forty-nine, was arrested on Nov. fourteen, two thousand fifteen, and deported to Miami on Saturday by a team of deputy U. S. Marshals. According to Barry Golden, who's a spokesman for the Marshals Service, Lopez was deported because he crossed into Nicaragua by ft and was in the country illegally.

In December of one thousand nine hundred ninety-five, Lopez pleaded guilty to federal Medicare fraud charges. Lopez established fake companies that filed misleading Medicare claims totaling more than $4.3 million on behalf of patients for services that were unnecessary or never provided. Lopez was released on bail on the condition that he'd not leave the area without permission. In one thousand nine hundred ninety-seventh, he was indicted by a federal grand jury on charges of failure to show up for sentencing.

Lopez eluded capture in Mexico in two-thousandth. After his son was found wandering the streets of Cancun, Mexico, and taken into custody, a person claiming to be the 10-year old'south uncle came to visit. Mexican police identified that person as Lopez after obtaining his fingerprints from a cup. When Lopez fled the country, he took his two children with him but left his wife behind. Miami Dade Police later charged Lopez with interference with the custody of a child. Lopez'south son returned to the U. S. in March of two thousand and returned to his mother. Marshals said the other child, a girl, was recovered before the boy.

Golden said the capture of Lopez was due to the efforts of the State Department, Dept of Health and Human Services (who handled the original Medicare fraud investigation) and the Marshals Service. Lopez was originally arrested in Nicaragua by the Nicaraguan Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

"The arrest of Robert Allen Lopez demonstrates the commitment of the U. S. Marshals and our federal, state and local partners to pursue those wanted on an international level," said U. S. Marshal Amos Rojas Jr. in a statement. "Crossing global boundaries to avert prosecution is number longer a viable option with the substantial resources and law enforcement cooperation in place."

Lopez will show up before a federal magistrate on Monday. According to Golden, Lopez will eventually show up before U. S. District Judge James Lawrence King, who was supposed to sentence him on the federal Medicare charges more than twenty years ago.

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