Fugitive tweets “Catch me if you can,” feds use CATCH to make her wish come true
posted at 9:54 am on July 9, 2013 by Ed Morrissey
File this under Stupid Criminal Tricks. Wanda Podgurski skipped the country rather than face trial for insurance fraud, and then taunted the government to catch her. An investigative team with the ironic acronym CATCH used her Twitter data to do just that:
“Catch me if you can.”
San Diego County District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis said Wanda Podgurski sent that taunting tweet after skipping trial in January while facing charges of insurance of fraud.
But then authorities did catch her.
Podgurski, 60, was captured on the Fourth of July in Rosarito Beach, Mexico, a popular retirement spot for American expatriates only 15 miles south of San Diego. She pleaded not guilty Monday to failure to appear while free on bail. …
The district attorney’s office declined to say how authorities tracked down Podgurski, saying only that information from the Twitter account was turned over to its Computer and Technology Crime High-Tech Response Team, known by the acronym Catch.
Now that’s she’s back, she faces more than 20 years in prison and $1 million in fines, having been convicted in absentia from the trial she skipped. Hope she enjoyed Mexico, because that’ll be the last vacation she has for a while.
Update: I used the wrong name for the fugitive. My apologies for the error, which has now been fixed.