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Oct. 13, 2010

SECRET SERVICE MOST WANTED FUGITIVE CAPTURED IN HOUSTON

(HOUSTON) – Edward Lee Waddell, wanted for wire fraud, conspiracy to commit wire fraud and conspiracy to commit money laundering, has been arrested by the United States Secret Service (USSS), United States Attorney José Angel Moreno and USSS Special Agent in Charge Timothy Foley announced today.

USSS agents executed an arrest warrant at the subject’s apartment this morning with the assistance of officers from the Houston Police Department and Harris County Sheriff’s deputies. Waddell is scheduled to make his initial appearance before a U.S. Magistrate Judge in Houston tomorrow.

Waddell, 47, allegedly involved in a number of fraudulent mortgage transactions, was indicted by a federal grand jury for wire fraud, conspiracy to commit wire fraud as well as conspiracy to launder funds. Waddell is alleged to have received more than $500,000 from the scheme, which resulted in more than $1 million in losses to mortgage lenders. The eight-count indictment was returned March 4, 2009.

Despite being a fugitive since the indictment, Secret Service investigators noticed Waddell’s vehicle had been re-registered and updated for tax purposes in Harris County, Texas. Following an interview and subsequent investigation, a USSS agent determined Waddell had arranged for another individual to change the tax registration. That individual provided investigators with additional information that led USSS agents to Waddell’s residence.

“While Edward Lee Wadell has been a fugitive for nearly two years, the case agent’s diligence in this case paid off,” said Foley.

Waddell faces up to five years in federal prison for the conspiracy to commit wire fraud charge and up to 20 years for the conspiracy to commit money laundering charge and the six counts of wire fraud. The case was investigated by the USSS Houston Area Fraud Task Force and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Jay Hileman.

Waddell was placed on the U.S. Secret Service Most Wanted Fugitives list in June 2009. The list of persons wanted by the Secret Service is available on the Internet at http://www.secretservice.gov/mostwanted.shtml. Anyone with information regarding these individuals should contact the Secret Service at 1-877-242-3375. The general public is cautioned not to attempt to apprehend any of these individuals. Contact the Secret Service or local police or if overseas, the nearest U.S. Consulate if you have information regarding these cases.

An indictment is a formal accusation of criminal conduct, not evidence.
A defendant is presumed innocent unless convicted through due process of law.

 

 

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