Tahaya Buchanan, Fugitive, Worked For Homeland Security While On The Run

03/18/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

NEWARK, N.J. — Prosecutors don't understand how a fugitive wanted in New Jersey worked for the Homeland Security Department in Georgia despite a nationwide alert for her arrest.

Tahaya Buchanan was sought on a 2007 indictment on charges of staging the theft of her Range Rover.

Paul Loriquet (LOR'-ih-kay) of the Essex County Prosecutor's Office says the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services office in Atlanta was unaware of the 39-year-old's status even after Buchanan was arrested in July during a traffic stop in which police noticed the warrant.

Immigration spokeswoman Ana Santiago tells The Star-Ledger of Newark she did not have information whether the office regularly checks its employee list against national criminal warrants.

A Citizenship and Immigration Services spokeswoman in Washington said Wednesday she couldn't immediately comment.

Buchanan pleaded guilty to one charge of insurance fraud on Monday and faces three months probation.

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Information from: The Star-Ledger, http://www.nj.com/starledger

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