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FBI Seeks Fraud Fugitive Last Seen in Los Angeles Area

Craig John Oliver, of Washington, D.C., was convicted in 2005 of defrauding dozens of homeowners of more than $2.5. million.

The FBI sought the public's help Monday in locating a fugitive who was convicted in 2005 for defrauding dozens of homeowners of more than $2.5 million and was last seen in the Los Angeles area.

Craig John Oliver, 63, alongside his wife, Jennifer Oliver, were known to do home renovation and consulting work for windows and doors in Los Angeles-area cities such as Culver City, Gardena and more, said FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller in a news release.

Oliver, of Washington, D.C., has been a fugitive for more than a decade and was sentenced in absentia to 20 years in federal prison in 2006 after he violated the conditions of his bond and failed to appear for court, Eimiller said.

Oliver was featured on CNBC's "American Greed" Sunday as a part of a recent effort by investigators to find leads for the case. After the feature, FBI agents in Washington, D.C. received tips that Oliver and his wife were living and conducting business in the Los Angeles area.

When FBI agents in Los Angeles went to a business location that was provided, they were told that the couple stopped by to pick up a check and said they were leaving town, Eimiller said.

"Investigators believe that Oliver was alerted to the recent publicity and fled once again," Eimiller said.

Investigators said they believe Oliver and his wife, who had not been charged at this time, had been using aliases, including the names "Leigh Owsley" and "Tara Jean," respectively.

Anyone with information as to the whereabouts of Craig John Oliver, or "Leigh Owsley," and Jennifer Oliver, or "Tara Jean," is asked to contact their nearest FBI office. In Los Angeles, the FBI may be reached 24/7 at 310 477-6565.

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