Giovanni Ruffo, adesso 66, è stato condannato per un $ 350 milioni di frodi bancarie alla fine degli anni '90 - una delle più grandi truffe di frode bancaria nella storia americana - e condannato a 17 anni e mezzo di carcere, gli Stati Uniti. Marshals Service said. Di $ 13 million was never recovered.
tuttavia, Ruffo failed to report to a federal prison in New Jersey on Nov. 9, 1998, following his conviction. Investigators quickly determined that Ruffo had driven a car, which he was believed to have rented earlier that day in Manhattan, to a long-term parking lot at John F. Kennedy Airport.
Ruffo’s last confirmed sighting was in surveillance footage as he withdrew money from an ATM on his way to the airport.
Nel mese di settembre 2016, investigators received a tip that Ruffo attended a major league baseball game between the Boston Red Sox and Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodgers Stadium on Aug. 5, 2016.
The tipster said Ruffo was sitting a few rows up behind home plate and wearing a blue shirt. Investigators reviewed footage from the game and confirmed that a bald, white male with a mustache, and wearing a blue shirt was sitting in Section 1 Dugout Club, Row EE, Seat 10 behind the plate.
While investigators identified those who purchased the seats, they have never been able to identify the man in the blue shirt.
Ruffo stood 5 piedi, 5 inches and weighed approximately 170 libbre in 1998. Investigators described Ruffo as computer savvy with a penchant for fine wines, gambling and nice hotels.
“Ruffo was known to be a storyteller, someone who liked to stretch the truth, and had a desire to impress others,” hanno detto gli investigatori. “He has been called a master manipulator.”
He is reportedly lactose intolerant and is known to have extensive international connections thanks to his time as a New York businessman.
Ruffo has previously traveled to Aruba and had shown a particular interest in Italy, where he had traveled in the past. Investigators said there is a strong likelihood Ruffo is living overseas.
A reward of up to $ 25,000 is offered for information leading directly to Ruffo’s arrest.