By John Solomon
How the government's punishing of the exposure of official wrongdoing can linger for years
Independent voices from the TWT Communities
Two summers ago, Alma Preciado, once a rising figure in Maryland politics and a successful mortgage broker, was scheduled to be sentenced in Montgomery County after she pleaded guilty to theft in a loan deal that cost a retired couple $350,000.
Alma Preciado, a mortgage broker and one-time prominent figure in Maryland politics, has been captured in Mexico more than a year after she skipped her sentencing in a mortgage fraud case that prompted a judge to call her Montgomery County's own "little Bernie Madoff."