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Massachusetts man on the run for 20 years, arrested in Rhode Island

He remained a fugitive until he was arrested yesterday in Warwick, R.I.

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BOSTON – Luis Alberto Solano-Pimental, 51, was arrested yesterday in Rhode Island after eluding law enforcement for 20 years. He appeared in federal court in Boston before U.S. Magistrate Judge Jennifer C. Boal, who ordered him detained.

In 1997, Solano-Pimental pleaded guilty to passport fraud in federal court in Boston, but failed to appear on his scheduled sentencing date. Solano-Pimental remained a fugitive until he was arrested yesterday in Warwick, R.I.

The charge of passport fraud provides for a sentence of no greater than 10 years in prison, three years of supervised released, and a fine of up to $250,000. Sentences are imposed by a federal district court judge based on the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

United States Attorney Andrew E. Lelling; William B. Gannon, Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Department of State, Diplomatic Security Service, Boston Field Office; John Gibbons, United States Marshal for the District of Massachusetts; and Jamie A. Hainsworth, United States Marshal for the District of Rhode Island, made the announcement. Assistant U.S. Attorney Christine Wichers of Lelling’s Major Crimes Unit is prosecuting the case.

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