Swindler on the Lam in RV Gives Up
A fugitive hedge-fund swindler who faked suicide on a Hudson River bridge and went on the run in a motorhome to avoid a prison sentence surrendered today (July 2) in Southwick Mass., The Associated Press reported.
Federal authorities alerted the nation’s campground industry last month that the man, Samuel Israel, may be hiding out in campgrounds or roadside parks.
Israel disappeared June 9 on the day he was supposed to report to prison. His car was found on a bridge over the Hudson River with the words “Suicide is Painless” – the title of the theme song for the “MASH” television show – scrawled in dust on the hood.
Israel, already facing a 20-year term for conspiracy and fraud, was likely to be charged with failing to surrender to serve a federal sentence, authorities said. He was expected to appear later today in federal court in Springfield, Mass.