Arizona fugitive wanted on abuse charges arrested in Alabama

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) – A fugitive wanted for 28 years by Arizona authorities was arrested while applying for a Social Security card in Alabama.

Authorities said 74-year-old Stanley Shane Self went missing in 1986 after an Arizona jury convicted him of three counts of child molestation.

U.S. Attorney Joyce White Vance said a federal employee in Albertville alerted law enforcement to the potential fraud.

Officials said Self had been living for years using the identity of a man who died in 1987. Officials said Self presented a Rhode Island birth certificate and an Oklahoma driver’s license with the false name when he applied for benefits.

A federal magistrate judge in Alabama had dismissed the false statement charges against Self so he can be returned to Arizona. Self’s attorney, James Gibson, declined to comment.

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