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Latino Daily News

Saturday April 2, 2011

Man Escapes Jail Not Once but Twice When Wife Faxes in Bogus Note

Man Escapes Jail Not Once but Twice When Wife Faxes in Bogus Note

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Spanish police say they have arrested a man who twice escaped from custody by having his wife send fake faxes ordering his release.

Fifty-seven-year-old Jose Carlos Serna was taken into custody at his home in San Lorenzo del Escorial, a suburb north of Madrid, on Friday, police said. Serna was currently pretending to be an Italian university professor.

In December, he was in a cell at Arganda del Rey courthouse awaiting trial when officers got a fax supposedly from a regional court. It was followed up by a phone call from a female court official, corroborating the release order.

Officers tried to verify the order, but their calls went unanswered. When they received a second call confirming Serna’s release, he was freed to a waiting taxi.

Both calls came from his wife, Gema Maria Serna, whom police tracked down to a house in the northern suburb and arrested on March 3.

It was not the first time Serna used the trick on police. He escaped from Valdemoro jail in October using the same tools.