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Recently Apprehended Fugitive Charged

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Massachusetts

BOSTON – A man who was a fugitive for 20 years was indicted today in federal court in Boston in connection with failing to appear in court for a sentencing hearing in 1997.

Luis Alberto Solano-Pimental, 51, was indicted on one count of failure to appear. Solano-Pimentel was arrested on March 6, 2018, in Rhode Island after eluding law enforcement for 20 years. He has been detained since his arrest.  

In 1997, Solano-Pimental pleaded guilty to passport fraud in federal court in Boston, but failed to appear on his scheduled sentencing date. Solano-Pimental remained a fugitive until he was arrested in Warwick, R.I.

The charge of failure to appear provides for a sentence of no greater than five years in prison, three years of supervised released, and a fine of up to $250,000. Sentences are imposed by a federal district court judge based on the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

United States Attorney Andrew E. Lelling; William B. Gannon, Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Department of State, Diplomatic Security Service, Boston Field Office; John Gibbons, United States Marshal for the District of Massachusetts; and Jamie A. Hainsworth, United State Marshal for the District of Rhode Island, made the announcement today. Assistant U.S. Attorney Christine Wichers of Lelling’s Major Crimes Unit is prosecuting the case.

The details contained in the indictment are allegations. The defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

Updated April 19, 2018