Ohio Company Fraud Fugitive Caught in Mexico

October 28, 2010

A woman who fled Ohio two and a-half years ago after she was convicted in a $1.9 billion corporate fraud case has been arrested in Mexico, the FBI announced.

Rebecca S. Parrett, 62, was arrested by Mexican authorities and will be turned over to U.S. authorities in Los Angeles for her eventual return to Ohio, Special Agent Harry Trombitas said.

“It’s great, a lot of agencies were involved, including the U.S. Marshals Service. They all chipped in and were able to get her located and arrested,” Trombitas said.

Trombitas said he had no other details on the circumstances of Parrett’s arrest but said more information would be released later.

Parrett disappeared in March 2008 following her conviction on securities fraud, wire fraud and other charges in a scheme at health care financing company National Century Financial Enterprises. A judge sentenced her to 25 years in prison in absentia.

A message seeking comment was left for Parrett’s attorney, Gregory Peterson.

National Century, formerly based in Dublin in suburban Columbus, was raided by the FBI in 2002. At least nine former executives were later convicted of corporate fraud charges in a scandal prosecutors compared to Enron and WorldCom. Parrett was the firm’s vice chairman.

Parrett was last known to have lived in Carefree, Ariz.

In July, a federal judge sentenced her sister to six months in prison Friday for lying to federal investigators searching for Parrett. Investigators said Linda Case had been communicating with Parrett by e-mail, but several times told deputy U.S. marshals she did not know where Parrett was and had not been in contact with her. They also said Case was arrested days before she had planned to leave for Mexico to be with Parrett.

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