Man who faked his death caught in Georgia

Man who faked his death caught in Georgia

PROVIDENCE – David Staveley, a fugitive who faked his own death to avoid prosecution in Rhode Island, was arrested on July 23 by the U.S. Marshals Service in Georgia.

On May 5, as the result of an investigation by the FBI and IRS, Staveley and another person were charged in Rhode Island with allegedly filing bank loan applications fraudulently seeking more than a half-million dollars in forgivable loans guaranteed by the Small Business Administration under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act. Staveley was subsequently released on $10,000 unsecured bond with GPS monitoring.

On May 26, the U.S. Probation Office in Rhode Island received an alert that Staveley’s GPS monitor had been removed. An arrest warrant was issued, and the U.S. Marshals Service in Rhode Island immediately initiated a fugitive investigation.

In June, Staveley’s vehicle was recovered near a beach in Quincy, Mass. The vehicle was unlocked with the key in the ignition. Staveley's wallet with credit cards and his Massachusetts driver’s license were found in the vehicle as well as a typed and signed suicide note. Massachusetts State Police detectives investigated the scene and dispatched a search and rescue boat to attempt to find Staveley’s body. No evidence was found that indicated he committed suicide, and U.S. Marshals concluded that he faked his death and fled the area to avoid prosecution.

U.S. Marshals in Rhode Island subsequently learned that Staveley, of Andover, Mass., was alive and had traveled to Tennessee. Further investigation revealed he was staying in the Alpharetta, Georgia area under a false identity and driving a minivan with stolen license plates.

On July 23, U.S. Marshals in Georgia, working with the Alpharetta Police Department, located Staveley in a minivan with California license plates, and he was immediately taken into custody. At the time of arrest, he was in possession of multiple forms of identifications and ID badges bearing different names. Staveley was transported to Atlanta Federal District Court for processing.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office and FBI in Rhode Island as well as the U.S. Marshals Service in Tennessee and Georgia provided help throughout the investigation, according to a release.