John Ruffo was convicted of a $350 million bank fraud scheme in the late 1990s and sentenced to 17 1/2 years in prison. He was given bond but was never shown in prison to serve his sentence.
About $13 million in money was never recovered.
In September 2016, investigators received a tip that Ruffo, now 66, a month earlier, was at a Boston Red Sox and LA Dodgers baseball game in Los Angeles on August 5, 2016 and that he was sitting in about four rows. Wearing a blue shirt from home plate, Marshall Service said in a news release.
A video clip from the game confirmed that a man who fit Ruffo’s description was sitting several rows behind home plate. The Marshall Service said that prior to that possible 2016 scene, Ruffo had not been seen at a New York ATM since 1998.
Investigators were able to narrow the seat down to Section 1 Dugout Club, Row EE, Seat 10. But even though they got the seat and identified the person who bought the seat, they could not identify the man in the blue shirt. .
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Following his sentencing for his role in the Marshall Service, one of the largest bank fraud scandals in American history, Ruffo was given a $10 million bond and opened on November 9, 1998, in New Jersey to begin with. Was ordered to report to federal prison. Serving a sentence of 210 months. But he never showed up.
The arrest warrant was issued the next day. US marshals discovered that on November 9, Ruffo drove a rental car to a long-term parking lot at John F. Kennedy International Airport. He is believed to have rented a car in Manhattan earlier that day and withdrew money from an ATM on his way to New York airport, Marshall Service said.
Investigators say if the blue-shirted man is Ruffo, he may have been using a nickname.
A ‘master manipulator’ who enjoys ‘fine wine, gambling and good hotels’
Since Ruffo’s disappearance, the Marshall Service says it has pursued hundreds of leads in the United States and around the world. While there have been reports of multiple sightings of the Rafo, the picture of the ATM is the last confirmed one.
The Marshall Service said that Ruffo 23 years ago stood 5ft 5in and weighed about 170 pounds.
“He is computer savvy and enjoys fine wine, gambling and fine hotels,” the news release said. “He is reportedly lactose-intolerant. Ruffo was known as a storyteller, someone who liked to spread the truth, and aspired to impress others. He is said to be a master manipulator.”
Because of his time as a businessman in New York, investigators say Ruffo has many international ties. He had traveled to Aruba and showed interest in Italy, where he was known to have traveled in the past.
The Marshall Service said that given those strong international ties and the prospect of Ruffo living overseas, Wanted Post has been translated into seven languages.
A reward of up to $25,000 is being offered for any information leading to Ruffo’s arrest.
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