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Fugitive who served 12 years for $10 million scam arrested in Orland Park for parole violation

Lee Anglin, 50, was taken into custody at a sports and dining facility that his wife supposedly operated.

Lee Anglin, who served 12 years in prison for a $10 milllion scam, was arrested Wednesday in Orland Park.
Lee Anglin, who served 12 years in prison for a $10 milllion scam, was arrested Wednesday in Orland Park.
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Deputy U.S. marshals and Orland Park cops on Wednesday arrested a 50-year-old businessman who failed to report to federal prison for parole violations in a $10 million fraud case.

Lee Anglin was taken into custody at a sports and dining club on 143rd Street in Orland Park after the Orland Park Police Department got a tip he was there.

A man who said he runs the club’s daily operations told the Sun-Times that Anglin’s wife, Jenni, is the president of the facility, called the Riviera Country Club.

Lee Anglin was paroled in 2018 after serving about 12 years in prison for a $10 million real-estate scam.

Anglin violated his parole when he failed to tell his parole agent about business ventures he and his wife were involved with in Utah. He also failed to tell the court he was getting paid for providing legal advice to inmates. He was supposed to report to prison June 29 for a six-month sentence.

Court records involving his parole violation didn’t mention his involvement in the Orland Park facility, which opened in June after closing under previous ownership during the coronavirus pandemic.

Earlier this week, a man who identified himself as Fletcher Handford said he runs the daily operations of the facility and told the Sun-Times that Lee Anglin wasn’t involved in the business, but that Anglin’s wife was president of the venture. “I deal directly with Jenni,” Handford said.

A Facebook post in May, signed by “Lee & Jenni,” said they planned to invest “hundreds of thousands of dollars” in the complex and that “husband and wife are deeply involved in every decision.” Jenni Anglin lives in Utah and Anglin was living in Chicago while on parole, according to court records.

In a statement, the Orland Park Police Department said the village is “reviewing all potential code, business and/or liquor license violations” for the facility.