Both Fugitives Had Failed to Appear for Sentencing in Federal Court
Eugene, OR – Combined efforts of the U.S. Marshals Service and the Criminal Investigation Division of the Internal Revenue Service led to the arrest of Ronald Joling and Dorothea Joling Monday afternoon in Clarkdale, Arizona. The Jolings had been federal fugitives since failing to appear for sentencing in federal court in Eugene in April 2015. Ronald Joling had been found guilty of conspiracy to defraud the United States by obstructing the IRS, tax evasion, and filing false income tax returns. Dorothea Joling had also been convicted of conspiracy to defraud the United States by obstructing the IRS. In addition to their failure to appear warrants, both Jolings were also wanted on federal arrest warrants for filing retaliatory liens and conspiracy to file retaliatory liens.
Through investigation, U.S. Marshals in Eugene determined the Jolings had fled the area and were attempting to avoid arrest. Through continued investigation, U.S. Marshals developed information that the Jolings had fled to Arizona and were staying at a house in Clarkdale. U.S. Marshals in Eugene contacted U.S. Marshals in Arizona and requested assistance in apprehending the fugitives. Monday afternoon, U.S. Marshals initiated surveillance near the house in Clarkdale and later spotted the Jolings drive a vehicle into the area. U.S. Marshals conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle and placed the Jolings under arrest on their outstanding warrants. The Jolings were booked into the Coconino County Detention Facility.
The Jolings appeared in federal court in Flagstaff Tuesday morning and will remain in custody pending future detention and identity hearings.
"The work of several criminal investigators, including U.S. Marshals in both Oregon and Arizona, led to the successful arrest of these two fugitives," said U.S. Marshal Russ Burger of the District of Oregon. " Fleeing across state lines did nothing to prevent this fugitive couple from being captured."
For additional information, please contact Supervisory Deputy U.S. Marshal Bryon Carroll at (541) 465-6340.