TALLAHASSEE — May 1, 2012 -
Florida Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater announced today the arrest of federal fugitive, Charles Leon Parker, 69, of Madison, during an insurance fraud investigation. Parker, a fugitive since 1983, is an alleged sexual predator wanted in Douglas County, Ga. for three counts of child molestation and two counts of incest. A description of the investigation into Parker for sexual molestation was aired on the popular television show “America’s Most Wanted” in March 2006.
“I commend our insurance fraud detectives for their excellent investigative work in helping bring this fugitive and sexual predator to justice,” CFO Atwater said. “Their dedication and experience helped uncover a dangerous fugitive hiding in Florida who will now be held accountable.”
During an investigation by the Florida Department of Financial Services’ Division of Insurance Fraud regarding a suspicious home fire claim filed by Parker’s wife, Rose Healan, with Gulfstream Insurance Company, investigators attempted to make contact with R.M. Healan for questioning related to a homeowner’s insurance fraud investigation.
Healan arrived home as detectives approached his residence and the Madison County Sheriff’s Office conducted a routine vehicle stop. When Healan failed to provide deputies proper identification, he was arrested for driving without a license. A fingerprint check later revealed his true identity to be Charles Leon Parker, a federal fugitive wanted by the U.S. Marshal’s Office for the past 29 years.
Parker was taken into custody today by the U.S. Marshal’s Service. The Division of Insurance Fraud has also filed additional 2nd Degree Felony insurance fraud charges against Parker and his wife, Rose Healan.
Anyone with information about these or any other incidents of suspected insurance fraud is asked to call 1-800-378-0445. Citizens who provide tips can remain anonymous. The Department of Financial Services to date has awarded almost $275,000 to more than 40 citizens as part of its Anti-Fraud Reward Program. The program rewards individuals up to $25,000 for information that directly leads to an arrest and conviction in an insurance fraud scheme.
Madison County, Florida - April 30, 2012 - 6:30 -
He was wanted in Madison County after being investigated for insurance fraud.
On Friday, sheriff deputies arrested a man under the name R. M. Healan.
But, they knew there was something more than unusual about him.
"We knew he was running from something, it just took trying to figure out what it was," said Deputy William Sircy with the Madison County Sheriff''s Office.
Deputies said they were already at the suspect's house when he started to pull in. They pull him over and asked for his driver's I.D.
He said he didn't have one, so they arrested him.
"We checked several times through different social security numbers that he gave us and at that point it was determined that he was trying to hide his identity," Sircy said.
They ran his fingerprints and his name came out as Charles Parker... a man wanted by U.S. Marshals. He was also featured on America's Most Wanted.
Deputies said Parker has an outstanding warrant from Douglas County, Georgia for Child Molestation and Incest.
Lashada Edwards lives in Greenville, FL.
Parker was her landlord.
"His wife friendly, he's friendly, but you'd be surprised about people after you find them out," she said.
Now she and other neighbors are shocked by the man next door.
"I would be scared to take my kids around him, from what I'm seeing now."
Deputies took Parker to the Madison County Jail, Friday.
U.S. Marshals picked him up early Monday.
Madison County, Florida - April 30, 2012 - Noon -
After nearly 30 years on the run an America's Most Wanted suspect is now behind bars in our area.
Charles Leon Parker Sr. was a fugitive from the U.S. Marshals and listed on America's Most Wanted. He also had an outstanding warrant from Douglas County, Georgia for Child Molestation and Incest.
Parker has been on the run since 1983.
He was going under the name R. M. Healan and deputies were investigating him for insurance fraud. Deputies realized it was Parker when they used fingerprinting to I.D. him Friday.
Madison County, Florida - April 30, 2012
Madison County Sheriff Ben Stewart reports on Friday the 27th day of April 2012 Madison County Sheriff’s Office Investigator William Sircy was conducting a joint Insurance Fraud investigation with agents from the Florida Department of Financial Services (a Division of Insurance Fraud). The Investigation lead to the attempted contact with a suspect (R M Healan) in the case. Previous contact with the suspect resulted in an inability to obtain accurate information and/or proper identity.
On this same date at approximately 12:57 PM, Investigators made contact with Healan and observed him driving a 2008 Toyota truck. Healan was asked by Investigators to provide a valid driver license, which he could not do. Healan was arrested for operating a vehicle with no valid driver license and was further requested to provide proper identification in an attempt to determine his exact identity. Healan refused to produce the requested information and was subsequently charged with Obstruction. Healan was held without bond until he could provide proper identification to prove his identity or Investigators confirmed an exact identity.
On Friday, April 27, 2012 at approximately 8:30 PM, utilizing fingerprint identification, Healan was identified as Charles Leon Parker Sr. a fugitive from the US Marshals and listed on America’s Most Wanted. Parker also had outstanding warrant from Douglas County Georgia for Child Molestation and Incest. Parker has been “at-large” since 1983. Parker is still facing additional charges in Florida for Insurance Fraud.