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Winston Shrout had been a fugitive since March, when he failed to report for his prison term.

A Hillsboro man is back in custody after he went on the lam instead of reporting as ordered for a 10-year prison sentence earlier this year, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

The department said Winston Shrout, 70, was located and arrested by the U.S. Marshals Service in Arizona on Friday, Nov. 1. He will begin serving his term in federal prison — several months later than when it was originally set to start in March.

Shrout failed to report to prison as ordered in March, the Justice Department said. He was declared a fugitive until he was apprehended Friday.

Shrout was originally convicted in 2017 for fraud and failing to pay his income taxes. According to prosecutors, he created fake financial document templates, seminars and other materials and sold them on his website, effectively promoting tax fraud.

U.S. District Judge Robert E. Jones sentenced Shrout to 10 years in prison last October and ordered him to pay restitution to the IRS.


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