YOU READ IT HERE FIRST: Former fugitive Luis “Junito” Colon was sentenced today to 48 months in federal prison today for buying more than $90,000 in pesticides and pesticide applicators from wholesale suppliers using stolen credit card and debit card account numbers.
Colon, 29, who is originally from Union City, previously admitted buying large quantities of pesticides using stolen credit and debit cards on the Internet or over the phone from companies located in Georgia, Texas and elsewhere.
The pesticides were for commercial use and not terrorism, the government said.
Investigators say Colon got the credit and debit card information from homeowners by convincing them he worked for a utility company and was giving them a discount for setting up automatic billing.
He had the materials shipped to addresses in Union City, West New York, Pennsylvania and elsewhere for resale at a store in Philadelphia, the FBI said.
A tipster who saw a digital billboard on a New Jersey highway led FBI agents to the tattooed felon, who jumped bail last year and was considered armed and dangerous.
They came up quickly on Colon as he got into a car in a suburb outside of Detroit on April 9.
The 6-foot, 180-pound fugitive was difficult to miss: He has several tattoos, including stars on his neck, an image of Jesus on his chest and a cross on his back.
“He is considered very violent and is known to typically carry a gun,” Special Agent Bryan L. Travers of the Newark FBI Field Office told CLIFFVIEW PILOT on Nov. 16, 2011, the day Colon failed to show up in federal court for his arraignment.
In addition to the prison term, U.S. District Judge Dennis M. Cavanaugh sentenced Colon to two years of supervised release and ordered him to pay restitution of $78,182 to the victims.
U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman credited special agents of the FBI for making the case, prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Kathleen P. O’Leary of his Health Care and Government Fraud Unit in Newark.