CLEARFIELD – Clearfield County District Attorney, William A. Shaw, Jr., announced Clearfield County’s Fugitive of the Week for the week of Feb. 6, 2012.
Shaw identified the Fugitive as Wayne Clifton, age 54, of E. Walnut Street, Clearfield, Pennsylvania.
Shaw stated that Clifton is wanted for failure to appear at criminal call on Feb. 2, 2012.
On March 15, 2011, Trooper Terry Jordan of the Pennsylvania State Police, Clearfield Barracks, filed a criminal complaint charging Clifton with: 1) theft by unlawful taking or disposition, F3, 8 counts; 2) theft by deception, F3, 8 counts; 3) theft by unlawful taking or disposition, M1, 73 counts; 4) theft by deception, M1, 73 counts; 5) theft by unlawful taking or disposition, M2, 55 counts; 6) theft by deception, M2, 55 counts; 7) theft by unlawful taking or disposition, M3, 7 counts; and 8) theft by deception, M3, 7 counts.
An affidavit of probable Cause filed by Jordan states that in January 2011, the Pennsylvania State Police received a report from the Clearfield County Area Agency on Aging regarding their concern that an elderly woman was the victim of an ongoing theft. Trooper Jordan interviewed the victim and found that Clifton had obtained a Power of Attorney for the victim, and that Clifton was to be responsible for paying all of the victim’s bills. Upon investigation, it was found that for over a two year period of time Clifton had improperly taken over $50,000.00 from the victim.
A preliminary hearing was scheduled for March 30, 2011, at which time all charges were held for Court. On Feb. 2, 2012, Clifton failed to appear for Criminal Call and a warrant was issued for his arrest.
Clifton is described as follows:
Height: 5 feet, 11 inches
Anyone with knowledge of Clifton’s location is asked to call Clearfield County Crime Stoppers at (800)-376-4700. All calls to Crime Stoppers are confidential.
Anonymous tips can also be submitted by visiting the Clearfield County District Attorney Web site and selecting “Report A Crime”.