America’s Most Wanted Suspect Caught in Madison County

By: Eyewitness News Email
By: Eyewitness News Email

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.

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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.

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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.


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  • by mother Location: perry on May 22, 2012 at 04:10 PM
    RL was a strange man, he would make the man that was later killed, pick sand spirs in the heat. Ever seen that yard, it was huge, that poor guy would be on his hands and knees. When he went somewhere he had to ride in the back. The dog got to ride up front. After his death, their was a new house bought in greenville, and a brand new truck. Everyone new it was fishy about the car falling on the poor guy. I'm sure if the feds dig deep enough they will find a lot more about "RM"
  • by Brian Location: Shady grove on May 11, 2012 at 09:25 AM
    maybe madison county sheriff should reopen the case case from taylor county where the truck fell on the guy they had living on their property, everone in the neighborhood knew this was no accident. he and his wife had insurance on this guy and he ends up with the truck crushing him. im sure this was homicide and another case of insurance fraud. this really needs to be investigated. no way this was accident.
  • by Hope he gets what's his in jail! Location: Shady Grove on May 1, 2012 at 08:50 PM
    Not at all surprised! Tried to tell Taylor County officers when the boy was killed at his house a few years ago that this man was some kind of creep but they didn't want to hear it. If I had known I would have taken care of him myself!! Gator food!!
  • by neighbor Location: shady grove on May 1, 2012 at 11:19 AM
    what about the death of a young man (which R.M. and Rose had a life insurance policy on)? The Taylor County Sheriff's is a joke.They didn't even get I.D. from R.M.. If they did he would have been caught in 2008. MURDER OR ACCIDENT ??????
  • by Mike on May 1, 2012 at 09:36 AM
    Now go back to your real job of stealing money on the interstate
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      by shelia on May 1, 2012 at 06:05 PM in reply to Mike
      i heard that. but right now they have their eyes on the beach goers and speeding tickets. they are giving the K-9 boysa break.
  • by J Location: Madison County on May 1, 2012 at 08:25 AM
    EVERYONE involved in this case deserves a huge pat on the back. MCSO AND the Investigators. THANK YOU ALL for making my community a little safer.
  • by Myrtice Odom Location: Thomasville, GA on May 1, 2012 at 06:13 AM
    I am the mother of Scooter and Stanley Ray and they did not write the post down below. However, some people dont have the guts to post their REAL NAME including you FUZZY !!
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      by OMG ! on May 1, 2012 at 07:22 AM in reply to Myrtice Odom
      You tell'em Ms. Myrtice looks like Fuzzy needs a real job.
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      by shelia on May 1, 2012 at 06:02 PM in reply to Myrtice Odom
      i got your pat on the back. in a size 9.
  • by fuzzy on May 1, 2012 at 04:34 AM
    spoken by two law abiding citizens themselves...... how many times you boys been arrested down at canal point. no wonder you speak like this...........
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      by Stanley- Luther on May 1, 2012 at 07:15 AM in reply to fuzzy
      Ha ha this is the real Stanley Ray...aka Luther < see that I put my real name, at least everyone knows the Odom boys dont take no S--- ! Down in the bay San Pedro Bay that is. Have a good day Deputy Fuzzy..(aka scared to put my real name)
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        by Debra on May 2, 2012 at 06:32 PM in reply to Stanley- Luther
        Stanley-Luther we all know who the Fuzzy is but guess he is to scared to put his real name ....lmao. The Fuzzy (AKA) KEVIN ODOM
  • by perry man on May 1, 2012 at 04:29 AM
    good job by all involved. Apparently he got complacemnt and sloppy with his under handed doings. Any new comers to the community should be investigated with some background check just for safety.
  • by Scooter and Stanley Ray Location: Bay Side on Apr 30, 2012 at 06:31 PM
    Why does MCSO get all the credit for this arrest? It appears that some other agency was doing a investigation. they have to have a local law enforcment officer with them. Just incase they need to make a arrest. they didnt do such a great job to start with. This guy was on the run for almost 30 years. I wonder how long he lived in Madville? Would this case be solved if we had to wait on the MCSO to arrest this guy? Well I think some may be a lot to fast to high five the madison county sheriffs department on the back. What did they really do? nothing. They were called to Assit. another investigator. But noone wants to give this investigator any credit. Madison did it all.This is the same department that allowed them 2 brothers to escape from the jail? Well they didnt really escape. it was more like. They released them to flee back to their home country. The pay off and the rip offs no one wants you to see. Madison has been like this for as long as everyone can remember. From the times of sheriff Peavy , sheriff Moore. you can just keep going back. it was the same back in 1912. Yeah 100 years ago.
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      by Ex-Madison County Resident..Thank God for that :) on May 1, 2012 at 07:17 AM in reply to Scooter and Stanley Ray
      I know this is not the real boys- but at least you told the truth !! Thank you !!
    • reply
      by Agreed on May 1, 2012 at 07:23 AM in reply to Scooter and Stanley Ray
      Very well said.
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