Bigamist Con Man Captured
(Boston, MA)— Attorney General Patricia Madrid announced that Michael Soutar, a convicted white collar criminal who escaped from a Bernalillo County Detention Center work detail in December 2004, was captured Tuesday morning on a yacht in Boston, Massachusetts. Soutar was arrested with an unnamed woman identified as his “girlfriend” on the 53-foot yacht docked in Boston Harbor.
Attorney General Madrid said, “Since Michael Soutar first moved to New Mexico in 1991, he has been involved in numerous white collar crimes, including forgery, fraud and spreading of bad checks. I commend the work of law enforcement both here in New Mexico and in Boston to bring Soutar back to justice. I want to especially recognize the efforts of Special Agent Mike Sandoval of my office who pursued justice in this matter for the many victims of this career criminal.”
Michael Soutar was involved in an illegal investment scheme related to the Santa Fe Market in Santa Fe, New Mexico in late 2004. Soutar was on probation at the time and failed to advise investors that he was a convicted felon. Soutar was arrested then sent to an Albuquerque jail for probation violations on August 10, 2004.
On December 16, 2004, Soutar was indicted by a Santa Fe Grand Jury on 22 felony charges for his criminal involvement in The Santa Fe Market. The Grand Jury indicted Soutar for securities fraud, unregistered security sales, tax evasion, forgery, embezzlement, writing bad checks and racketeering. On December 17, 2004 at approximately 2:30 PM, Soutar was on a work detail near Stove and Tenth Street by the Albuquerque Zoo. A maroon four-door vehicle drove near where Soutar was working. Soutar got into the vehicle and managed to escape.
The nationally syndicated television program, “America’s Most Wanted” profiled Soutar in two different shows. He was also the subject of an Arts and Entertainment Network (“A&E”) documentary called “Intimate Deceptions.”
Soutar has had at least six felony cases filed against him in Albuquerque between 1992 and 1994. Soutar will likely be extradited back to Albuquerque to serve his sentence.