The Federal Bureau of Prisons (FBP) has labeled Jeffrey A. Martinovich a fugitive.
That seems to be a pretty vague definition. Convicted of white collar crimes in 2013, the former investment broker was serving the remainder of his home confinement sentence when authorities at a Newport News, Virginia, rehabilitation center called to register. He missed those calls, and for that, he has been sent back to federal prison for more than four years, even though electronic surveillance shows he was at home that night.
“He was home, as needed, all night,” wrote his attorney, Trey Kelleter, in a petition to have the move canceled. according toward Daily Press. “If he committed that infraction, then we’ll take care of that. But it’s not an escape, and they know it … He shouldn’t go back to prison for not answering his phone for one night, when they know he was home all the time.”
Martinovich has since been transferred to a jail in Oklahoma before the feds transfer him back to the Federal Correctional Institution, Beckley, in West Virginia, where he is scheduled until August 25, 2025.
The former runner, who is currently expecting a daughter in September with his fiancée, served most of his 13-year, eight-month sentence until May 2020, when the COVID-19 pandemic ushered in a wave of releases for certain prisoners. On May 31 of this year, unable to reach him by phone, the rehabilitation center tried to activate an alert on his ankle device. That function was inactive, according to the press.
Then an employee of the institution called the Norfolk police, who visited Martinovich’s home. Officers mistakenly believed that the residence was the transitional house itself, so after arriving around midnight and gingerly knocking, unable to wake up or speak to Martinovich, they left the premises.
“Friend who runs [the halfway house] he’s probably asleep, “one of the officers said.
Still, government officials confirmed that monitoring showed that Martinovich was where he was supposed to be: his home. The device was not tampered with or tampered with, according to the FBP evidence. But the agency proceeded with its conclusion independently: it had “leak[d], “and therefore deserves to spend more years behind bars after the government has already concluded that it is not a threat to society.
Such punitive measures seem almost fantastic. However, Martinovich has company. Gwen Levi attracted significant public attention last month after she, too, was deemed to have “escaped” after attending a word processing class in person. During the session, a call from officials was missed and she was subsequently sent back to jail. Levi, who was originally jailed on drug charges, was eventually released after a public outcry, though it remains to be seen if Martinovich will be lucky enough to witness the birth of his daughter.