This is worthy of The Onion, but it’s really an AP article. It appears that a Georgia Homeland Security office hired a fugitive from NJ despite the fact that she was listed in a nationwide alert. Hmm. Maybe the folks in Georgia should make a point of perusing those notices.
NEWARK, N.J. — Prosecutors don’t understand how a fugitive wanted in New Jersey worked for the Homeland Security Department in Georgia despite a nationwide alert for her arrest.
Tahaya Buchanan was sought on a 2007 indictment on charges of staging the theft of her Range Rover.
Paul Loriquet (LOR’-ih-kay) of the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office says the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services office in Atlanta was unaware of the 39-year-old’s status even after Buchanan was arrested in July during a traffic stop in which police noticed the warrant.
Immigration spokeswoman Ana Santiago tells The Star-Ledger of Newark she did not have information whether the office regularly checks its employee list against national criminal warrants.
A Citizenship and Immigration Services spokeswoman in Washington said Wednesday she couldn’t immediately comment.
Buchanan pleaded guilty to one charge of insurance fraud on Monday and faces three months probation.