Jeff Cassman, the former financial adviser and Franklin politician indicted on charges of mail and securities fraud for running a Ponzi scheme, is being added to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation's list of 10 most-wanted fugitives, NashvillePost.com has learned.
The TBI most-wanted list is modeled after a similar program by the FBI and is used by the agency to draw attention to individuals that are running from law enforcement officials for various reasons. According to the TBI, the program has resulted in the apprehension of 239 fugitives since its inception.
NashvillePost.com first broke the story of Cassman's flight last week, detailing that he has been on the run since learning that he was about to be indicted on federal mail fraud charges in late 2008.
Indications have been that Cassman, with his wife Sarah in tow, has been hiding in Mexico with their nine (possibly 10) children. Prior to going on the lam, Cassman hid behind his children while speaking to a defrauded investor and stated that no court would put him behind bars because he had so many kids that needed to be taken care of.
Jeff Cassman stands 6'1", has brown hair and brown eyes and weighed approximately 230 pounds when last seen. He may have changed his appearance since then by perming and/or coloring his hair and gaining weight. He can speak basic Spanish, Latin, and Italian and has been known to carry firearms.
He is known to be a devout Catholic who prefers to attend Latin Mass, possibly at a church that embraces the principles of Opus Dei, an organization approved by the Vatican but viewed negatively by some in the church, who accuse it of authoritarian leanings.
Cassman took courses through the Holy Apostles College and Seminary based in Cromwell, Conn., while he was allegedly operating his Ponzi scheme. He has falsely claimed that he earned a master's degree in theology from the school and might have re-established himself near a university or institution to continue his education.
From 1993 to 1997, Cassman served as an enlisted airman in the U.S. Air Force in an air intelligence squadron that monitored Latin America.
Law enforcement officials say anyone with information on the whereabouts of Jeff Cassman, Sarah Cassman or their children should contact them immediately.
Sarah Cassman is not facing charges and is not under threat of prosecution, according to law enforcement officials.
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