FLA - A Kansas City woman who has been in hiding for 18 years was found Friday in Key West, according to the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office. Deputies said 66-year-old Michelle Singleton was living in a houseboat under a different name almost two decades after she failed to appear in federal court for sentencing on charges of payroll check fraud in March of 1996. When Monroe County detectives received a photo of Singleton, Sgt. Donald Catala said he had seen this woman several times in Key West. Deputies ran a records check that showed a woman by the name of Catherine Harris was living at an address in Hilton Haven, deputies said. She had a 1994 Honda with a Florida tag and a Florida driver’s license that expired in 2012, according to authorities. Secret Service and local officials went to the houseboat Singleton was living on, which was moored at a pier at 15 Hilton Haven Drive, and found her there, deputies said. When they asked for her ID, she gave them her expired license. They then asked for a birth certificate, and she pulled it out a file, but when she did other pieces of paper fell out. Those papers turned out to be her real social security card and birth certificate, deputies said. The woman admitted to being Michelle singleton and was taken into federal custody on fugitive charges, deputies said. She also said she was in the process of trying to sell her houseboat and move to the Dominican Republic, according to officials.
I love stories like these. I smile ear to ear when I read them. Mostly because I love the movie Catch Me If You Can and I want to do that shit in real life. But also because she was living in Key West under a fake identity with all her stolen money. Living the life of luxury for 18 years while some schlub at the FBI had to find her. There were all the high profile cases that he wanted but wasn’t allowed to be on because he had to find this woman, who was doing the limbo and drinking limearitas on the beach for the last 18 years. And now what? They’ll throw a 66 year old broad in jail for something she did 18 years ago. Cool. She just had the 18 best years of her life, doubt putting her in a chick prison for her last 5 will be that big of a deal. She won, coppers. Deal with it.