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Police Find 21-Year Fugitive on Facebook

He'd been wanted on tax charges since 1992
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 18, 2014 8:08 AM CDT
Police Find 21-Year Fugitive on Facebook
Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif.   (AP Photo/Ben Margot, File)

(Newser) – And now, yet another reminder that for criminals, Facebook doesn't pay. Francisco R. Legaspi was indicted yesterday in California on charges of failing to appear, after spending 21 years evading his tax-evasion charges, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Legaspi was originally charged in 1992 with aiding in the presentation of false tax returns. He pleaded guilty, but never showed up for sentencing in January 1993.

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Police caught Legaspi in Canada earlier this month after discovering his Facebook page, the San Mateo Daily Journal reports. He was living in London, Ontario. He was swiftly extradited back to the US, and now faces up to two years in prison for his time as a fugitive, on top of up to three years for the tax charges. (Read more Facebook stories.)

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