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Official: 90-Year-Old Escaped Md. Jail in 1970 by Walking Away

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PHILADELPHIA (AP/WBOC)- An official says a 90-year-old man who has been indicted for fraud after spending more than 40 years on the lam escaped from a detention facility in Wicomico County, Maryland in 1970 by simply walking away.
    
According to an indictment unsealed Tuesday in Philadelphia, William Lewis is accused of collecting more than $450,000 in retirement benefits that he wasn't entitled to from 1991 to March 2017.
    
Gerard Shields, a spokesman for the Maryland Department of Public Safety, says Lewis was convicted in Wicomico County of breaking and entering and larceny and was sentenced to three years in jail in 1969.
    
He escaped in 1970 from the Poplar Hill Pre-Release Unit in western Wicomico County, a facility for low-risk offenders.
    
Shields says while technically Lewis escaped, "he didn't scale fences or barbed wire. He simply walked away."

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