Almost 30 years after the death of his girlfriend, Jerry Ambrozuk still hasn’t been deported. He’s in the custody of the Immigration and Naturalization Service and expects to be shipped off to Canada in the near future. While he doesn’t have much of a criminal history, he’s a well-educated Canadian who worked as a consultant designing computer systems for race cars. He also had a modest amount of property. He owned a $71,000 Dodge Viper.
In 2006, the NBC show “Dateline” began covering Ambrozuk’s story. The show aired a two-hour episode about him. The program’s reporter, Keith Morrison, describes it as a quasi-Shakespearean drama.
Ambrozuk was a fugitive from justice until he was captured in August 2006. He was living in Plano, Texas, under the guise of Michael Lee Smith. He had a bachelor’s degree in software development, which he said he used to help his family build a successful business. He also owned a $71,000 Dodge Viper and was planning to start a software development company in the United States. He also had $500,000 worth of property. He was employed by a small computer development company in Dallas and had plans to start a new life in the U.S. He had also applied for a passport under an assumed name. However, the one that he used was a fake.
He also pleaded guilty to the lesser-known Federal passport-fraud charge. He had received a passport under a fraudulent identity for nearly five years. He had to pay $34,000 in restitution to the family of Dianne Babcock. He was sentenced to four and a half months in prison in Sherman, Texas. Ambrozuk was also given two 10-year suspended sentences in Montana. The Flathead County Attorney’s office cited “mitigating circumstances” when it agreed to the plea deal.
The most significant of the aforementioned aforementioned isn’t really the one that is the simplest to do. The “Dateline” program aired a similar show about Jarek “Jerry” Ambrozuk, who was a Canadian fugitive from justice. Although the show wasn’t a hit, the story piqued the interest of the public. In fact, he has since written a book about his ordeal. He’s also a fan of the show “America’s Most Wanted.”
Among the most notable of the other aforementioned aforementioned are the one’s that are actually done. Ambrozuk had a number of flimsy claims to make, but he was able to stoke the interest of the media. He also sparked a manhunt in the U.S. and Canada. He was arrested in Plano, Texas, in August and was able to explain his mysterious disappearance to authorities. He was able to prove that he had an assumed name and used it for the purposes of applying for a passport. He was also found to be living in the U.S. under a false Social Security number. His case was a good example of why a passport is so important.
The show’s producers may have had to rely on the aforementioned to draw the audience. They could have easily trolled the Internet and picked up a story about another Canadian man who was found to be living in the U.S., but the site is a little too cluttered to pull off such a feat.