FBI: D.C. area fraud fugitive on the run for a decade seen in Los Angeles

- The FBI’s Washington, D.C. and Los Angeles Field Offices are seeking assistance from the public in learning the whereabouts of a fugitive who is believed to have been living in the Los Angeles area for some time and was last seen today.  The suspect, Craig John Oliver, has remained a fugitive for more than a decade after he was convicted in 2005 of defrauding dozens of homeowners of more than $2.5 million.   

In 2006, Oliver was sentenced in absentia to twenty years in federal prison after he violated the conditions of his bond and failed to appear in court. 

On Sunday evening, Oliver was featured on the CNBC series, American Greed, as a result of a recent effort by investigators to renew interest and generate leads in the case.   Following the publicity, agents in Washington, D.C. received tips suggesting that Oliver and his wife, Jennifer Oliver, were living and conducting business in the Los Angeles area.   Agents in Los Angeles were notified and followed up with the information provided.  When agents went to a business location that had been provided, they were advised that the couple dropped by earlier today to pick up a check and mentioned they were leaving town. 

Investigators believe that Oliver was alerted to the recent publicity and fled once again. 

As a result of investigative developments, agents believe Oliver has been using aliases, including the name “Leigh Owsley” and that his wife is using the alias “Tara Jean.”  Oliver and his wife, who has not been charged at this time, are known to work in the field of home renovation, to include work as consultants for windows and doors.  Investigators now have reason to believe Oliver was known to do consulting work in the cities of Culver City and Gardena, among others. 

Anyone with information as to the whereabouts of Craig John Oliver, aka, “Leigh Owsley,” or Jennifer Oliver, aka “Tara Jean,” is urged to contact their nearest FBI Office.  In Los Angeles, the FBI may be reached 24 hours a day at 310 477-6565.  

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