One of the more dramatic corporate fugitive sagas of recent years came to a close in October 2010, when Mexican police arrested Rebecca S. Parrett in the small lakeside resort town of Ajijic, west of Mexico City. A federal jury convicted Parrett for her lead role in a $2.8 billion health care fraud scheme back in March 2008. She disappeared a day later and evaded authorities for two-and-a-half years.
Companies are placed in a peculiar legal predicament when executives try to escape justice. It complicates ongoing investigations and can throw a wrench into defense strategy, leaving counsel to contend with a delicate balancing act.