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For Immediate Release

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July 08, 2013 Supervisory Deputy U.S. Marshal Jon Gallagher (412) 355-3237
Westmoreland County, PA woman that fled the United States to avoid justice is apprehended in Dubai, United Arab Emirates

A Westmoreland County woman that fled the United States to prevent capture for Theft by Unlawful Taking, Forgery, Access Device Fraud, Identity Theft and Dealing in Unlawful Activities has been located and returned to the United States.

Patricia Lynn Keller, age 64, of Hempfield, PA, failed to appear in a Westmoreland County Court in February 2011 and a bench warrant was issued for her arrest. County Detectives learned that Keller fled to Vancouver, British Columbia, and then onto Moscow before arriving in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Keller was charged in July 2011 by Westmoreland County Detectives with Flight to Avoid Apprehension and Default in Required Appearance after it was confirmed she stayed in Dubai.

U.S. Marshal Steve Frank stated this required significant international coordination and cooperation of several law enforcement agencies to bring Keller back to Pennsylvania.

The U.S. Marshals’ International Investigations Branch, in concert with the State Department Diplomatic Security Service (DSS), alerted the Dubai Police of Keller’s presence there and provided them the information needed to locate her.

On April 15, 2013, Keller was arrested by police in Dubai, United Arab Emirates pursuant to an Interpol Red Notice. Upon arrest by Dubai authorities, the State Department, Diplomatic Security Service took possession of Keller’s revoked U.S. passport. On July 6, 2013, Keller returned unescorted on a one way, non-stop flight from Dubai to Washington, D.C. She was arrested without incident by Deputy U.S. Marshals from the Eastern District of Virginia, pursuant to her Westmoreland County charges as she departed the plane at Dulles Airport.

Keller is alleged to have stolen approximately $217,000.00 from her former employer, Tri County Occupational Medicine in Youngwood, Pa. Keller reportedly misappropriated funds and used office charge and credit accounts for personal expenses including vacations to Las Vegas, Boca Raton, Aruba, Mexico and Walt Disney World. Keller was originally arrested April 14, 2010 pursuant to this case and released on her own recognizance due to her age and no prior arrest record.

Keller’s arrest was made possible through the combined efforts of the Western Pennsylvania Fugitive Task Force, U.S. Marshals International Investigations Branch, State Department Diplomatic Security Service, Westmoreland County Detectives, United States Attorney’s Office and the Westmoreland County District Attorney’s Office.

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

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