For Immediate Release
|January 20, 2011||
Martin J. Pane, Acting United States Marshal
Middle District of Pennsylvania (570) 346-7277
Justice is Served: Joseph P. Donahue in
Failed to Surrender to serve 121-month federal sentence
Scranton, PA – Acting U.S. Marshal
Martin J. Pane announced today that the U.S. Marshals Service (USMS)
arrested fugitive Joseph P. Donahue in Las Cruces, New Mexico.
On January 5, 2011, the U.S. District Court in Scranton issued an arrest warrant for Donahue, of Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania, after he failed to report the previous day to the Federal Correctional Institution at Ft. Dix, New Jersey, to begin serving his 121-month federal prison sentence.
Donahue was sentenced on December 7, 2010, following his conviction earlier in 2010 on bank fraud, money laundering, false statement, and credit card fraud charges. As part of the sentencing order, Donahue was ordered to report to the designated federal prison on January 4, 2010. His request for release pending the appeal of his conviction was denied by the Third Circuit Court of Appeals on December 22, 2010.
The arrest warrant issued on January 5, 2011 charged Donahue with Failure to Surrender for Service of Sentence.
The U.S. Marshals Service made the
apprehension of this fugitive a top priority. Members of the Marshals
Fugitive Task Force including, personnel from the Lackawanna County
Sheriff’s Office and the Pennsylvania State Police assisted in the
investigation. U.S. Marshals were also assisted by the Federal Bureau of
Investigation. Investigations by U.S. Marshals were conducted up and down
the east coast of the United States, as well as in the southeast and
southwest United States.