They ran. They hid. They even changed their identities. They got away with it for a dozen years. Acting on a tip received from a viewer of”America’s Most Wanted” the previous night, U.S. Marshals from Arizona made the arrest of an Illinois couple wanted for running a Ponzi scheme that targeted friends, the elderly, and even family members, authorities said last week.
As fugitives, Nelson Grant Hallahan, 65, and wife Janet Hallahan, 54, lived in several states in the Southwest and had used a number of aliases, the Marshals Service said Sunday.
The two were arrested by deputy marshals Saturday afternoon in Tonopah, a desert community 50 miles west of Phoenix. Officials believe they hid in Arizona for the past couple years.
“The 12-year run from justice of the Hallahans, also known as the ‘Mini Madoffs,’ has come to an end,” U.S. Marshal for Arizona David Gonzales said in a statement.’