RALEIGH, N.C. -- Hiram M. Drane walked out of a Utah courthouse three years ago this month, just before he was convicted of tax evasion. He hadn't been seen since.
Now he is being held in the Chatham County, N.C., jail, awaiting extradition to Utah. He was arrested in Bear Creek on Friday.
Utah authorities knew Drane had left the state, but they didn't know where he was, said Charlie Roberts, spokesman for the Utah State Tax Commission.
"Our people have been chasing him down for close to three years," Roberts said Monday. "Apparently, he's been pretty devious about avoiding us and other authorities."
It's not clear how long Drane has lived in North Carolina.
In January 2010, he registered a company, Bavarian Securities, with the state and listed its address as a UPS Store mailbox in Sanford.
Drane was working as a pilot for SkyWest Airlines when he was arrested in 2008 and charged with four felony counts of tax evasion and failure to file Utah tax returns, according to The Salt Lake Tribune.
He was accused of failing to file tax returns in 2005 and 2006, when he earned more than $120,000 a year, and was charged with falsifying tax returns in other years, according to the newspaper.
When his case came to trial in March 2009, Drane chose to represent himself in court.
On the day his case was heard, he left the courthouse after the morning session and did not return in the afternoon.
He was later convicted of tax evasion and failure to file a proper tax return.
Utah officials have requested that Drane be held in jail pending his extradition. Drane has not requested an extradition hearing and is being held without the option of posting bail.
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