A Coquille pastor and his wife were arrested Monday in Arizona, nearly six months after they failed to appear in Eugene for a sentencing hearing in a $1.2 million tax evasion case.
Ronald and Dorothea Joling were being held Tuesday in the Coconino County Detention Facility after being taken into custody by U.S. Marshals. It was not immediately clear when the couple would be returned to Oregon for sentencing.
“Fleeing across state lines did nothing to prevent this fugitive couple from being captured,” Russ Burger, U.S. Marshal for Oregon, said in a prepared statement.
A federal jury in Eugene convicted the Jolings of conspiracy to defraud the government after a trial one year ago. Ronald Joling, 71, also was found guilty of tax evasion and two counts of filing false tax returns. The jury acquitted Dorothea Joling, 72, of a tax evasion charge.
Before the couple failed to show for their April 22 sentencing hearing, prosecutors filed court paperwork indicating they would seek a 10-year prison sentence for Ronald Joling, and a 5-year sentence for his wife.