U.S. Marshals capture Indiana absconder living in Utah


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Date: October 25, 2021

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Indianapolis, IN — A man the FBI charged with money laundering and wire fraud here in 2012, but who absconded before pleading guilty in 2013, was arrested today by the U.S. Marshals in Provo, Utah.

Jody Russell Trapp was living in Orem, Utah, under the assumed name of Abram Hochstelter and working as an electrician for Chipping Electric.

Trapp is also a co-founder of Treasure Finders, a free, local app that combines geocaching with scavenger hunts. Trapp, who everyone knows as Admiral Abram the pirate, often dresses up as part of the scheduled treasure hunts.

The USMS adopted the case in 2016. Trapp will be returned to the Southern District of Indiana to face time for his original crimes.

"This investigation across several states and several years represents the dogged determination of men and women who are dedicated to the pursuit of justice," said U.S. Marshal for the Southern District of Indiana Joseph McClain. "I want to especially thank our FBI partners, too, for their continued assistance in the investigation."