The U.S. Martial Services says a man who appeared in video footage of the 2016 Los Angeles Dodgers game only bears “striking resemblance” to John Rufo and is not the most wanted criminal himself.
The Martial Services had previously said that the fugitive Rafo, who has been on the Most-Wanted list for 23 years, could be seen playing baseball. Rafo has been convicted of the biggest bank fraud scandal in American history.
But on Thursday, authorities canceled a visit to Rafo after receiving new information.
“In response to recent extensive media coverage, a tipstar came forward and provided credible information about the identity of the Dodgers game participant,” the U.S. Marshal said in a news release. “Tipster and family members were fully involved with law enforcement and provided detailed information about the participants.”
Multiple reports say officials verified the man’s identity in a baseball game using fingerprints, among other measures.
Earlier this week, the Marshalls Service said in a press release that it was seeking public assistance to identify the 2016 Dodgers Game Attendant, which investigators say resembles the 1st Most Wanted Fugitive, who has been on the run since November 1. ” Also advertised prizes up to $ 25,000.
Footage from a baseball game, which took place on August 5, 2016, shows a man sitting on the back of a home plate matching the description of Rafo.
The Marshalls Service has released a picture that has zeroed in on the man playing baseball, as well as a rendering of Rafo “looking like today”.
Before:U.S. Marshals suspect Fugitive Fugitive was a Dodgers game for 23 years
Rufo, now 66, was convicted in 1998. He and several of his associates defrauded the bank of financing a bogus research project for a tobacco company. About 13 13 million of the money stolen by Raffaeur was never recovered.
He was sentenced to more than 17 years in prison, but, after being convicted, he was released on bail. Instead of reporting to a federal prison in New Jersey, he is thought to have escaped through a New York airport.
The U.S. Marshals said in a statement earlier this week that they had “followed hundreds of leaders in the country and around the world in search of Raffaeur.” They further noted that Rafo has been called “a master manipulator.”
Contributed by: Scott Gleason, USA Today