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For Immediate Release

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December 11, 2009 SDUSM Tommy Long, Southern District of Georgia
(912) 652-4577
Pennsylvania Fugitive Caught

SERFTF LogoSavannah, GA - A woman wanted by the Clearfield County Sheriff’s Department in Commonwealth of Pennsylvania for Failure to Comply was captured by the United States Marshals Service Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force in Savannah, Georgia on December 11, 2009.

Barbara Conklin, 42, was wanted by the Clearfield County Sheriff’s Department for Failure to Comply related to a forgery conviction in 2002. Conklin was convicted on a forgery charge in August of 2002 and sentenced to serve six months to five years in the Pennsylvania State Correctional Facility in Muncy, Pennsylvania. Conklin was to start serving her sentence in October 2002 and failed to surrender for service of this sentence. Conklin has been a fugitive since October of 2002. The case was referred to the United States Marshals Fugitive Task Force in the Western District of Pennsylvania. The Marshals Pennsylvania Task Force generated leads that indicated Conklin was in the Savannah, Georgia area. The case was referred to the Savannah Marshals Office of the Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force to locate and arrest Conklin. An intensive three investigation was conducted to locate Conklin. Conklin did not have anything in her name and had used numerous aliases to avoid being captured. The investigation lead to an address at 1308 Rogers Street in Savannah, Georgia. On December 11, 2009, Task Force members and a Savannah Chatham Metropolitan Police Department (SCMPD) patrol office went to the address and arrested Conklin without incident. Conklin was taken to the Chatham County Jail to await extradition proceedings to send her back to Pennsylvania.

Annually, investigations carried out by the U.S. Marshals result in the apprehension of approximately 36, 000 federal fugitives. More federal fugitives are arrested by the Marshals Service than all other federal agencies combined.

The Marshals Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force has three offices: Atlanta, Macon, and Savannah. The task force covers the whole state of Georgia. The Savannah Office of the Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force is a team comprised of investigators from the Georgia Department of Corrections, the Chatham County Sheriff’s Department, the Savannah Chatham Metropolitan Police Department and the United States Marshals Service. The task force objective is to seek out and arrest fugitives charged with violent crimes, drug crimes, sex offenders, and other felonies. In 2008, U.S. Marshals led task forces arrested more than 73,000 state and local fugitives on felony charges.

Additional information about the U.S. Marshals can be found at http://www.usmarshals.gov.


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