Husband of Ohio ex-fugitive to plead guilty

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Posted: Aug 26, 2011 4:59 PM
Husband of Ohio ex-fugitive to plead guilty

The husband of a former fugitive who spent more than two years in Mexico following her conviction in Ohio in a $1.9 billion corporate fraud has agreed to plead guilty to lying to investigators about her whereabouts, according to documents made public Friday.

U.S. marshals say their search for Rebecca Parrett was hurt by false information they received from Gary Green in 2008 and 2009.

Green is expected to receive a five-month prison sentence followed by five months of house arrest, federal public defender Steve Nolder said Friday.

"Obviously the statements he made were false and had direct impact on the government's case," Nolder said. "In that regard, there's no getting around the charge."

But Nolder said Green, now living with his daughter in Los Angeles, eventually cooperated with investigators after he was charged and gave them information that allowed them to seize assets of Parrett.

The tentative sentence is on par with the six-month sentence that Parrett's sister, Linda Case, received in July 2010 for lying to federal investigators searching for Parrett.

Parrett was arrested in Mexico last year, more than two years after she fled the country rather than appear for her sentencing in a corporate fraud case investigators likened to the Enron or WorldCom scandals.

Parrett had disappeared in March 2008 after she was convicted of securities fraud, wire fraud and other charges in a scheme at health care financing company National Century Financial Enterprises.

Parrett, of Carefree, Ariz., said at her December sentencing that she was ill and depressed after her conviction and that she went to Mexico intending to die there.

Parrett also insisted she was innocent of the scheme that prosecutors said bankrupted hundreds of health care providers and cost investors in National Century billions.

Green, 51, was accused of lying to investigators about contact he had with Parrett while she was in Mexico, including two occasions when he allegedly arranged separate cash payments to her of $10,000.

Green misled federal investigators for nearly two years by concealing phone calls to Parrett, said Supervising Deputy U.S. Marshal Andrew Shadwick in a filing in December. Those actions "negatively impacted the fugitive investigation," Shadwick wrote.

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