California Fugitive Since 2012 Located in Utah Following $3.00 Credit Card Fraud

A fugitive from California wanted for murder since 2012 has been located in Utah after he committed a credit card fraud for a whopping $3.00.

Murder in California

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In 2012, 29 year old Jordan Vigil was found dead in a garage in Castro Valley, California. The man suspected of his murder fled prior to police arriving on scene. Police assumed the suspect may have fled the country as he possibly had ties outside the United States. The case went cold until just recently when the suspect was located in Utah.

Credit card fraud in Utah

33 year old Cody Tripp was the sole suspect in the murder of Jordan Vigil in California but managed to steer clear of law enforcement’s radar for seven years. It wasn’t until Tripp made the mistake of fraudulently using another person’s credit card in Utah that he was eventually caught for credit card fraud as well as the seven year old murder. It isn’t known publicly what Tripp used the stolen card for, but the amount of just over $3.00 probably wasn’t worth it.

Criminal charges

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When someone unlawfully takes possession of another’s credit or debit card in Utah, it is considered a type of fraud – regardless of whether or not they used the card to go on a shopping spree or to buy a drink at a mini-mart. Credit card fraud that gets reported to police as what happened in this case is investigated thoroughly and penalized as a second or third degree felony, depending on the quantity of cards stolen. Utah Code 76-6-506.3 states “. . . an individual is guilty of a third degree felony who: acquires a financial transaction card from another without the consent of the card holder or the issuer”. If the person is in possession of 100 or more stolen cards, the charges are increased to a second degree felony.

Don’t run – Get an attorney

Tripp’s fraud charge in Utah is nothing compared to the homicide charge he faces back in California. Facing serious criminal charges can be frightening, especially when facing a charge that could mean life in prison or even the death penalty. Running from the law may buy a person some time, but it is always better to face a charge head on with the help of a reputable criminal defense attorney.

Illinois Man Booked in Utah Jail for Fugitive from Justice Warrant

An Illinois man who was wanted for sexual crimes against a child was booked into a Utah jail for a fugitive from justice warrant.

Utah does not harbor Fugitives

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38 year old Ivan Faunce who was reported to be a violent criminal wanted for sexual crimes against a child, was arrested Wednesday evening by U.S. Marshals. Faunce had allegedly been living on a farm in a motor home, possibly for several weeks as he had been evading U.S. Marshals. Faunce initially refused to leave the motor home, threatening to shoot himself with a pistol on his possession. Faunce finally relented, and was booked into the Salt Lake County Jail on a fugitive from justice warrant.

Fugitive from justice warrant

Utah Code 77-30-13 states regarding a fugitive from justice warrant: “ Whenever any person within this state shall be charged on the oath of any credible person before any judge or magistrate of this state with the commission of any crime in any other state, and, except in cases arising under Section 77-30-6 that he has fled from justice, or with having been convicted of a crime in that state and having escaped from confinement, or having broken the terms of his bail, probation or parole, ( . . . )the judge or magistrate shall issue a warrant directed to any peace officer commanding him to apprehend the person named therein, wherever he may be found in this state, and to bring him before the same or any judge, magistrate or court who or which may be available in or convenient of access to the place where the arrest may be made, to answer the charge or complaint and affidavit, and a certified copy of the sworn charge or complaint and affidavit upon which the warrant is issued shall be attached to the warrant.”

Criminal Penalties if you flee

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By choosing to flee, Faunce only temporarily held off facing the criminal charges from his offenses back in Illinois, and now he also has two third degree felonies in Utah-both fugitive from justice warrants. Additionally, he will not have the option of getting bailed out of jail as bond is only set for those not considered a flight risk. He has already proven that he cannot be trusted to stay in town. Running rarely ends up well for those facing criminal charges. A fugitive from justice warrant never expires which means those running will be running for the rest of their lives or until they are caught, whichever comes first. For more information on handling criminal charges responsibly, contact a criminal defense attorney.