A Texas prisoner by the name of Steven Jay Russell, in 1998, was given a very special parole due to health issues. He was allowed to go and rest in a hospice due to his medical records: he was suffering from HIV/AIDS and it was thought he would not survive much longer at all. And then just a little while later the Texas Department of Criminal Justice then received a death certificate, it advised them that Russell had indeed died.
But then an incredible thing happened, just a few weeks later Russell was arrested again.
Born in 1957, if you happen to believe his birth certificate, Steven Jay Russell was a serial fraudster. He faked every document on the planet in the name of making money and would regularly fake accidents in hopes of a payday. In fact, his first know criminal activity was an attempt at faking a slip and fall for a payday. But his scam was figured out and he was arrested, sentenced to six months in prison.
But six months was too much for Russell, and this is where his first escape started. He simply impersonated a prison guard and walked out of prison. Then he somehow convinced a medical panel to give him a chief financial officer position despite having no prior experience and started to embezzle hundreds of thousands of dollars. Once he was arrested due to his prior escapes and embezzlement the judge set his bail at $950,000. Yet he was able to convince the clerk by impersonating the judge over the phone to lower his bail to $45,000 and again he just walked out!
His third imprisonment was when he got creative, impersonating medical officers and faking diseases he was able to escape a couple more times. But after massive manhunts were never able to stay on the run for long. Now he is imprisoned with a sentence of 99 years all for nonviolent crimes, mostly because of his escape attempts.