On the road with Sam Israel
But it appears to be the getaway vehicle of choice for fugitive former hedge fund manager Samuel Israel III.
And unlike the larger than life returns Israel promised investors, the vehicle is big. Really big.
“Everything about the Coachmen Freelander Class C motorhome shouts out ‘big’, more storage, big tanks, large doors, tall ceilings, and big beds,” the company said in a press release.
The U.S. Marshals Service, which tracks fugitives, issued a release describing the nearly 30 ft, white Freelander. It has a blue 2005 Yamaha scooter attached to the back, possible damage to the rear passenger side, a New York license plate (EEN-5973) and sporty swoosh stripes — the kind that convey family fun.
And where would he go in such a vehicle?
RV Parks? Camp grounds? Highway rest stops, perhaps? Yes to all three places, say the Marshals.
Nearly 8 million U.S. households own at least one RV, according to the Recreational Vehicle Industry Association, and summer is the time when many are dusted off and hit the road — even as gas prices soar.
So RV campers beware. The balding 48-year-old man parked nearby could be the engineer of the $2 trillion hedge fund industry’s biggest and most brazen fraud.
Where do you think the co-founder of the Bayou Group is? We welcome your thoughts.