Illinois fraud fugitives update

By Tom McIntyre

October 23, 2012 Updated Oct 24, 2012 at 9:38 AM CDT

PEORIA, Ill -- It appears a second member of the husband and wife pair of fugitives will plead guilty to fleeing Central Illinois after being convicted of fraud.

Sixty-five-year-old Nelson Hallahan, in Federal Court Tuesday, said he wanted to change his "not guilty" plea to a charge of "failure to appear".

Hallahan, along with his wife Janet, were convicted in 2000 on charges of mail fraud, bank fraud and money laundering, but fled the area before being sentenced. 

They had persuaded central Illinois to invest hundreds of thousands of dollars in non-existent businesses before being arrested.

Janet Hallahan pleaded guilty to the "failure to appear" charges on Monday. They were arrested in Tonopah, Arizona in May 5 after a tip to America's Most Wanted.

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