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For Immediate Release

October 29, 2011 Matt Hershey, Supervisory Deputy U.S. Marshal
District of Arizona – Phoenix (602) 920-4841
U.S. Marshals Arrest Convicted Fraud Artist Who Fled to Mexico

Phoenix, AZ – Last night, Deputy U.S. Marshals coordinated the arrest and return of Michael Jefferson, 28, from Los Alogodones, Baja California, Mexico. Jefferson was subsequently arrested by American authorities at the Calexico U.S. Port of Entry in California. Jefferson was wanted by the Chandler Police Department after having been charged with numerous crimes including, Illegal Control of an Enterprise, Money Laundering, Fraudulent Schemes, Taking the ID of Another and Trafficking the Identity of Another. After a three week criminal trial in Maricopa County Superior Court, Jefferson was found guilty by a jury of the above offenses, knowing this Jefferson failed to appear to be taken into custody and fled.

On October 27, 2011, Deputy U.S. Marshals and Chandler Police Detectives assigned to the Arizona WANTED Violent Offender Task Force developed information that Jefferson likely fled into Mexico to avoid capture. Deputy U.S. Marshals assigned to the Mexico Investigative Liaison Program quickly tapped into their resources south of the International Border which resulted in the arrest of Jefferson by the Baja California, Mexico State Police and Mexican Immigration. Jefferson was taken before Mexican immigration authorities and volunteered to return to the United States. Subsequently, Jefferson was arrested by American authorities and booked into the Imperial County Jail in El Centro, California where he will await extradition to Arizona. According to Mexican authorities, it is believed that Jefferson had quickly started a similar illegal operation during his short stay in Mexico.

U.S. Marshal David Gonzales praised the work of everyone involved in the arrest stating, “This arrest is a great example that fugitives will not find safe haven in Mexico. The relationships we have with our counterparts south of the International Border are very strong and we work together to bring violent offenders, sex offenders, and career criminals to justice.”

This arrest comes on the heels of a busy week for the Arizona WANTED Violent Offender Task Force. In addition to this arrest, Deputy U.S. Marshals and Task Force Officers worked very closely with our Task Force partner agencies this week with the arrest of numerous violent offenders including, Norman Corley, 37, wanted by the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office for First degree Murder. Also, Task Force members worked closely with the Mesa Police Department resulting in the arrests of Roy Cortez, 23, and Luis Garcia, 26, both of whom were arrested for their involvement in the murder of a Mesa man on October 27, 2011.

These arrests are good examples of the work done on a daily basis by the Deputy U.S. Marshals and Task Force Officers assigned to the Arizona WANTED Violent Offender Task Force. Arizona WANTED is a Task Force comprised of over 20 federal, state, local and tribal law enforcement agencies across the state of

Arizona and staffed by over 120 Deputies, Agents and Detectives from these various agencies. This collaboration has resulted in the arrest of over 3,000 violent offenders, sex offenders and career criminal wanted both here in Arizona and from across the country being pursued by other U.S. Marshals-led Violent Offender Task Forces so far during 2011.

The United States Marshals Service is the nation’s oldest federal law enforcement agency. Annually, U.S. Marshals arrest more than 50 percent of all federal fugitives and serve more federal warrants than all other federal agencies combined.

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