21 Year Fugitive

A Michigan man who fled to the Bahamas 21 years ago to avoid prison finally will be sentenced in federal court in Richmond.

Prosecutors are seeking a seven-year prison term for 65-year-old John Curtiss at Tuesday afternoon's sentencing.

In 1988, Curtiss was convicted of 21 counts of defrauding the Defense Department. Curtiss fraudulently obtained government contracts and sold to the military inferior electrical products that he made in a workshop at his Warren, Mich., home.

He also pleaded guilty last week to failing to appear for his 1988 sentencing.

Curtiss was apprehended late last year in the Bahamas, where he was living under an alias and claimed to be Australian.

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