'Catch Me If You Can,' Tweets Fugitive

Shockingly, this story does not end well for San Diego woman

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff

Posted Jul 9, 2013 5:39 PM CDT

(Newser) – A fugitive convicted in a big insurance fraud scheme who taunted authorities via Twitter is now in custody in San Diego, reports the LA Times. The plight of Wanda Podgurski is getting national attention because of her bold tweets to the DA in San Diego County. "Catch me if you can," read one. "Help find me before I con anyone else," read another. Police arrested the 60-year-old this week in Rosarito Beach, Mexico.

The former Amtrak clerk had been previously sentenced in absentia to 20 years in prison for faking injuries and receiving $650,000 in insurance and disability payments. The tweets were undeniably stupid, but did they also play a role in her arrest? Prosecutors will say "only that information from the Twitter account was turned over to its Computer and Technology Crime High-Tech Response Team, known by the acronym Catch," reports AP.

Wanda Lee Ann Podgurski, 60, is shown in this undated police handout photo.
Wanda Lee Ann Podgurski, 60, is shown in this undated police handout photo.   (AP Photo/San Diego County District Attorney)
A taunting tweet from an account allegedly belonging to Wanda Podgurski.
A taunting tweet from an account allegedly belonging to Wanda Podgurski.   (AP Photo/San Diego County District Attorney)
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