Source: US Attorney's Office

Before there was Madoff, there was Samuel Israel, founder of the Bayou Hedge Fund Group and mastermind of a $450 million-dollar fraud. Israel was sentenced to 20 years in federal prison and ordered to pay $300 million in restitution to victim investors, but rather than surrendering, he decided to run in June 2008.

Israel faked his own death, abandoning his car on a bridge over the Hudson River in upstate New York and writing the phrase “Suicide is Painless” in the dust on its hood. He then spent 22 days living in a 2007 Freelander RV as a fugitive before riding a motorized scooter to a Massachusetts police station where he surrendered. Federal agents collected $27,500 for the getaway RV when a Brooklyn car dealer bought it at a 2009 auction.

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