Insurance fraud artist Wanda Podgurski was returned to the United States after six months after one of her tweets led authorities to her location, according to the San Diego District Attorney’s office.
In January, a jury found the 60-year-old woman guilty on 29 felony counts relating to insurance fraud, including faking poor health and serious injury. Podgurski claimed the money while she worked as a clerk for Amtrak, where she received $700,000 in addition to her $44,000 salary.
The day before the jury reached its verdict, facing 30 years and $2 million in fines, Podgurski disappeared. Her lawyer was unable to contact her with little connection to the woman except a newly created Twitter account.
On June 5, the account tweeted: “Catch me if you can.”
Podgurski’s feed suggested that she might be on the run in Iran, while her “Following” list demonstrated a close surveillance of 32 agencies and people such as the FBI and the district attorney.
“Help find me before I con anyone else,” Podgurski tweeted.
Podgurski was finally located through the district attorney’s Computer and Technology Crime High-Tech Response Team, or CATCH, on the Fourth of July in Rosarito Beach, Mexico. The beach is a common residence for American expatriates and is located only 15 miles south of San Diego.
A readiness hearing is scheduled for July 17 where Podgurski will face an additional two years and eight months in prison for failing to appear in court.
Podgurski is expected to plead not guilty to the charge.