Published: Friday, February 06, 2015 @ 3:27 PM
Updated: Friday, February 06, 2015 @ 4:53 PM
By: Laura A. Bischoff - Columbus bureau
COLUMBUS — Last year Democrat Larry Ealy ran for governor. This year he’s running from the law, according to the U.S. Marshals Service.
Ealy, 52, who once worked as a tow truck driver and as exotic dancer “Luscious Larry,” is wanted on local warrants for traffic violations and drug charges, Deputy U.S. Marshal Nathan Lupica said. Federal authorities are looking for Larry and his son Lance Ealy, who bolted during his jury trial on fraud charges in U.S. District Court.
Lance Ealy, 29, who was representing himself in court, was convicted in absentia on Nov. 19 but has not yet been sentenced. He hasn’t been seen since Nov. 17. Authorities said he cut off his electronic monitoring ankle bracelet while under house arrest.
“We are not taking it off the table that they may have possibly fled out of state. But we are hoping and thinking right now that they’re in the Dayton area,” Lupica said.
The father-son duo have a lot of family connections in Dayton, he said. “I believe that even if they have fled the Dayton area, they will come back.”
Larry Ealy ran in the Democratic primary last year against then Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald, a former FBI agent. Ealy garnered 74,197 votes — 17 percent last May. Larry Ealy told the Dayton Daily News that he decided to run for governor while sitting in a jail cell.
FitzGerald went on to lose in a landslide to incumbent Republican John Kasich in November.
Lance Ealy was convicted on more than 40 counts of fraud, identity theft and wire fraud related to a scheme to steal identities and file fraudulent tax returns.