A man is on the run after escaping from prison.

According to the U.S. Marshals Service, 58-year-old Alan May is also accused of stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars in a scheme he operated while behind bars.

May was sentenced to 20 years in federal prison on Feb. 10, 2012 after being convicted of mail fraud in the Northern District of Texas, according to a report by 9News.

Alan May. Credit: U.S. Marshals Service

He was committed to the U.S. Bureau of Prisons to serve his sentence. 

However, in Jan. of 2018, he was transferred to the Federal Correctional Institute, Englewood in Colorado State.

On Dec. 21, 2018, staff conducted a prisoner count and noticed that May was missing and nobody knew exactly how he escaped from the prison. 

An escape warrant was subsequently obtained.

Since then, the U.S. Marshals have been actively searching for May.

But on June 22 of this year, a federal grand jury in Colorado returned an indictment charging May with 10 counts of wire fraud and seven counts of mail fraud.

The indictment alleges that while May was in prison, he identified several business entities that were owed unclaimed oil and gas royalties and subsequently filed fraudulent documents to act as the representative of those companies so as to claim the oil and gas royalties for himself.

Between mid-2016 and late 2018, May is believed to have obtained an amount totaling more than $700,000 in fraudulent claims.

The U.S. Marshals are asking for the public’s help in finding May and are offering a reward of up to $5,000 for any information leading to his arrest.

May is described as a white man, about 6 feet, 1 inches tall, and about 200 pounds, with green eyes and brown/blonde hair. He has been known to take steps to alter his appearance on a routine basis.

Anyone with information about May’s whereabouts can submit a tip to the U.S. Marshals Service.

Tips can be submitted directly and anonymously by downloading the U.S. Marshals Service MS tips app.


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