Catch me if you can: Calif. fugitive caught via Twitter

Katie LaPotin, Red Alert Politics, July 8, 2013

Word to the wise: Don’t tweet the District Attorney trying to put you in jail if you want to remain on the run.

Wanda Lee Ann Podgurski, a former Amtrak clerk who fled the country after being convicted of disability and insurance fraud this past  January, was caught in Rosarito, Mexico Thursday as a result of a series of tweets she sent taunting the D.A. and police looking for her back in Southern California over the past few weeks. Police were ultimately able to track her down with the assistance of the state’s Computer and Technology Crime High-Tech Response Team.

The content of Podgurski’s first tweet didn’t help her case much, either:

@wanda_podgurski: Catch me if you can.

Podgurski pled not guilty in San Diego Superior Court Monday on a charge of failing to appear while being out on bail. If she is convicted for failing to appear in court last January, Podgurski faces an additional 32 months in prison. A readiness hearing is scheduled for July 17, according to NBC San Diego.

She was sentenced in absentia to 20 years in jail in January after being convicted of collecting more than $650,000 in disability and insurance for injuries that she faked, including a slip-and-fall in 2006. In total, Podgurski scammed seven different insurance companies and a government agency, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Podgurski is also believed to have gone on several trips during her time as a fugitive, including a 16-day tour of China and road trips to Key West, Fla., Eureka, Calif., and the Berkshires.


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