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He Didn't Answer the Phone One Night While on House Arrest. He's Been Sent Back in Prison for Four Years.

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Criminal Justice

Billy Binion | 7.16.2021 5:07 PM

The Federal Bureau of Prisons (FBP) has labeled Jeffrey A. Martinovich an escapee.

That appears to be a rather loose definition. Convicted of white-collar crimes in 2013, the former investment broker was serving the remainder of his sentence on home confinement when authorities from a Newport News, Virginia, halfway house called to check in. He missed those calls, and for that, he has been sent back to federal prison for more than four years—despite the fact that electronic monitoring surveillance shows he was in his house that evening.

"He was at home, as required, the entire night," wrote his attorney, Trey Kelleter, in a petition to have the move overturned, according to the Daily Press. "If he committed that infraction, then we'll deal with that. But it's not an escape, and they know it….He shouldn't be going back to prison for not answering his phone for one night, when they know he was at home the whole time."

Martinovich has since been carted off to a jail in Oklahoma before the feds transfer him back to the Federal Correctional Institution,........

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