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Fugitive caught in Baja after tweeting ‘Catch me if you can’

SAN DIEGO — A woman who fled after being convicted of insurance and disability fraud, then taunted law enforcement on Twitter before being captured in Mexico, pleaded not guilty Monday to a felony charge of failing to appear in court while on bail.

Wanda Lee Ann Podgurski, 60, was ordered to remain jailed without bail.

Wanda Lee Ann PodgurskiPodgurski was convicted in January of 29 felony counts related to the insurance and disability scam, in which she faked injuries and collected payments of more than $650,000 from insurance companies.

She was arrested last week in Rosarito, Mexico, after posting a Twitter message saying “Catch me if you can” to Dumanis. Her location was traced through her Twitter account by the Computer and Technology Crime High-Tech Response Team, authorities said.

Authorities said Podgurski traveled around the world at a time when she was supposedly disabled.

Podgurski — who was out of custody on $500,000 bail during her two- month trial — failed to show up when the verdict was read in her case in January. She was sentenced in absentia last month to 20 years and four months in state prison.

Podgurski faces an additional two years and eight months in prison if convicted of the latest charges.


18 Comments to “Fugitive caught in Baja after tweeting ‘Catch me if you can’”

    Mike Angelo said:
    July 8, 2013 at 4:00 PM

    HAHA. dumb broad!

    julianna said:
    July 8, 2013 at 4:24 PM

    stupid ratttcheeeeet

    Jolie said:
    July 8, 2013 at 4:55 PM

    hilarious!! write this up in 'dumbest criminals' chronicles…

    aaronsama1313 said:
    July 8, 2013 at 6:44 PM

    I've read this story three times. Who the Hell is Dumanis, the person she tweeted?

      hankhalifa said:
      July 8, 2013 at 10:27 PM

      I'm right there with you. Did the same. Terrible journalistic writing. I mean, are we all supposed to know the lead detective/ prosecutor/ whatever's last names by heart? I'm not from SD and I shouldn't have to be to understand the story.

    thechurchofchrismartin said:
    July 8, 2013 at 6:59 PM

    Hey disability fraud lady, if you are going to pull a scam like this, you have to go further down into Mexico to get away than just Baja! As for Dopey Dumanis, too bad she did not put as much effort into trying to catch Diana Gonzalez's ex hubby that killed Diana and escaped into Mexico. Thanks to some local cops– who went after that jailbird and brought him back to face justice.

    hopfrog said:
    July 8, 2013 at 8:45 PM

    Stoopid twit .people like her make life hell for legitimately injured workrrs

    Doodlebug2222 said:
    July 9, 2013 at 10:12 AM

    Her tweet > "Catch Me If You Can"….

    Ironically is what got her caught..

    Fred said:
    July 9, 2013 at 1:17 PM

    If I only had a brain!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Chris said:
    July 9, 2013 at 2:25 PM

    What an idiot.

    King of all Jews said:
    July 9, 2013 at 3:23 PM

    wtf is a Dumanis? Does your website have an editor?

    BigDaddy said:
    July 9, 2013 at 6:43 PM

    "Catch me if you can" What a dumb bitch, will they did hahahaha

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