The marshals had appealed for public help in hunting down Ruffo, who was convicted of a $350 million bank fraud scheme in the 1990s and is one of the federal agency’s most wanted fugitives.
A fan seen on TV behind the home plate at a Dodgers-Red Sox game in 2016 looked a lot like Ruffo—so much so that a relative of the fugitive is called at the original party.
Marshals tried to track down the original ticket holder, but the ticket was resold more than once and the final buyer and holder were not identified.
After a story about the case aired on ABC and other media this week, a Los Angeles-area person approached the field marshal and identified the man in the photo as a family member.
Deputy Field Marshal Pat Valdinor met the man and his family in a Los Angeles suburb. To confirm his identity, the man’s fingerprints were taken.
“You can clearly see the difference between the two fingerprints,” Valdinor told ABC News. “Even without the fingerprints, there was a birth certificate, and my whole family was ahead of me – three generations. I could see it wasn’t Ruffo.”
Ruffo’s hunt now continues with one less clue.
He has been on the run since 1998. The last known image now is a video of him withdrawing an ATM in Queens, New York on November 9, 1998.
Ruffo was supposed to turn himself in to serve a 17-and-a-half year sentence after being convicted of the plot.
Instead, officials said, he drove a rental car into a long-term parking lot at John F. Kennedy International Airport and disappeared.
About $13 million of the $350 million has not been recovered.
Investigators say Ruffo has strong international ties and has shown a special interest in Italy. They think he can live abroad. There is a $25,000 reward for information leading to his arrest.
Photos of the 66-year-old convicted fraudster with possible aliases and wanted poster Available here.
Information about giving advice Available here. The agency can also be contacted by phone at (800) 0102 336.
ABC News was After this situation for several years And they documented what they found in a new podcast series called “Have You Seen This Guy?” There is also a documentary in the works that will be streamed on Hulu.
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