Catching up with Rebecca Parrett
Former NCFE executive caught in Mexico
The capture last week of a former healthcare finance executive who eluded authorities for more than two years ended a bizarre postscript to the collapse of National Century Financial Enterprises.
Rebecca Parrett, who fled the country and allegedly schemed to live on the lam in Mexico with her sister and mother, was arrested by Mexican authorities last week and deported to California, where she was met by U.S. marshals.
Parrett had been missing since March 2008, when she disappeared before being sentenced for fraud and conspiracy convictions (March 17, 2008, p. 4). She was one of six former executives convicted for taking part in what the U.S. Justice Department said was a $2.3 billion fraud at National Century Financial Enterprises, a healthcare finance company based in Dublin, Ohio, that landed in bankruptcy in November 2002.
While on the run, Parrett was sentenced to 25 years in prison.
Parrett had been living in the town of Ajijic, in the Mexican state of Jalisco, and claimed to be in hiding after she testified against lawyers who had stolen from pension funds, according to the U.S. Marshals Service.
The investigation into Parrett’s disappearance landed her older sister, Linda Case of Grove City, Ohio, in prison for six months earlier this year. Justice Department spokesman Fred Alverson said authorities continue to investigate Parrett’s disappearance and whether she had help. “It’s not over just because she’s in custody,” he said.
Alverson said she was arrested on the warrant issued after her 2008 disappearance and in coming weeks will return to the Ohio court where she was convicted. Attempts to reach an attorney for Parrett were unsuccessful.