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For Immediate Release

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January 30, 2012 SDUSM Tommy Long, Southern District of Georgia
(912) 652-4577
Savannah Fugitive Captured in Florida

SRFTF LogoSavannah, GA – A Savannah man on the run since 2009, wanted for Supervised Release Violation was arrested by members of the Savannah Office of the United States Marshals Service Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force and Jacksonville Office of the Marshals Florida Regional Fugitive Task Force on January 25, 2012.

Gerard Wayne Poulin, 67, was wanted by the United States Marshals Service for violations of his Supervised Release in a warrant dated August of 2009. Poulin was originally convicted of Counterfeiting with intent to defraud in 2004. As part of his sentence he was to serve a period of Supervised Release upon being released from federal prison. During his transition back into the community, while at a halfway house, he escaped in 2006. After a two month investigation Marshals arrested Poulin at an address in Jacksonville., Florida. Poulin’s release was revoked and he was sent back to prison. He was again released on Supervised Release in 2008 and in 2009 he went on the run.

An extensive investigation ensued over the last two and half years until Deputy U.S. Marshal Rich Kirby uncovered a fake South Carolina driver’s license that Poulin used when stopped by the authorities in Florida. From that stop in Florida a new address was found for a woman associated with Poulin. Members of both the Savannah and Jacksonville Task Forces descended on the address after observing a white Toyota truck parked behind the residence. The Marshals observed Poulin through the living room window and he opened the back door and was arrested without incident. The white Toyota truck was the truck that Poulin took when he left Savannah, Georgia in 2009. Poulin is being charged by the Savannah Chatham Metro Police Department with Theft by Conversion in regards to the theft of the truck and by the St John’s County Sheriff’s Department for Possession of a Stolen Vehicle.

This case embodies the motto of the United States Marshals Service “You Can Run, But You Cannot Hide”. Through the unwavering perseverance of a Deputy Marshal, another fugitive has been taken off the streets. Poulin was taken before a Federal Magistrate for a hearing to return him back to the Southern District of Georgia.

Annually, investigations carried out by the U.S. Marshals result in the apprehension of over 36, 000 federal fugitives. More federal fugitives are arrested by the Marshals Service than all other federal agencies combined. In 2011, U.S. Marshals led task forces arrested more than 86,000 state and local fugitives, which cleared over 113,000 warrants.

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, the Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles, the McIntosh County Sheriff’s Department, the Liberty County Sheriff’s Department, the Bulloch County Sheriff’s Department, the Beaufort County Sheriff’s 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.

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

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