☷Fugitive Wanted in the District of Oregon Returned to the U S After Two Decades on the Run
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Fugitive Wanted in the District of Oregon Returned to the U . S . After Two Decades on the Run PORTLAND , Ore . —An international fugitive and former resident of San Diego who is wanted in the District of Oregon for perpetrating a real estate scam was apprehended in and returned to the U . S . from Costa Rica after more than two decades on the run . Robin James McPherson , who faces charges of wire fraud and money laundering in the District of Oregon , made a federal court appearance this week in Houston en route to the Southern District of California where he will soon be sentenced for tax crimes . According to a criminal complaint unsealed today in Oregon , in early August 2019 , the FBI began investigating McPherson after several individuals reported being the victims of a real estate scheme operating out of Springfield , Oregon and Costa Rica . McPherson is alleged to have used a variety of marketing techniques , including cold calls , promotional websites , and Facebook advertisements , to find potential investors in an alleged Costa Rican real estate development opportunity called the Carara Parque Resort Corporation . After victims showed interest in the faux investment opportunity , McPherson would conduct sales calls , from Costa Rica , to explain the project . Over a period of months , McPherson directed victims to wire investment funds to a bank account in Oregon . He then transferred the funds to Costa Rica . Between December 2015 and August 2019 , approximately $1 . 2 million dollars were transmitted to the Oregon bank account . McPherson used many different excuses to explain to his investors why no resort villas had been constructed . McPherson did not disclose to investors that their contracts had not been honored and no villas were slated for construction . McPherson used investors’ funds to pay for various personal expenses including his own mortgage . In December 2000 , McPherson and two co - conspirators were found guilty at trial in the Southern District of California of conspiring to defraud the IRS and tax evasion . Prior to being sentenced in March 2001 , McPherson fled the U . S . U . S . Attorney Scott Erik Asphaug of the District of Oregon made the announcement . This case was investigated by the FBI . It is being prosecuted by Gavin W . Bruce , Assistant U . S . Attorney for the District of the Oregon . A criminal complaint is only an accusation of a crime , and a defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty .
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