Latest News
Headlines

Friends' Shock as Hiker is Identified as Fugitive Wanted for Embezzling $9 Million

Playing Friends' Shock as Hiker is Identified as Fugitive Wanted for Embezzling $9 Million

To those who knew him in Virginia, he was just a guy named Bismarck who sometimes stayed at a modest guest house on the Appalachian Trail.

But he was really James Hammes, a federal fugitive accused of bilking nearly $9 million from the Cincinnati Pepsi bottling plant where he worked. He has pleaded not guilty.

His friends told INSIDE EDITION they had no idea he was a wanted man.

Read: Randy Quaid and Wife Evi Released from Vermont Jail After Fugitive Charges Dropped

Dentist David Milner hiked across three states with the bearded, shaggy-haired man.

“He’s a fantastic hiking companion. He knows the trail … he’s almost a sage,” Milner said. “Even looking back, there was nothing that I could say seemed odd.”

“Bismarck” was a familiar face on the majestic path that runs 2,000 miles from Georgia to Maine.

Read: Detective Who Sent Fugitive Richard Matt to Prison Fears For His Life

He walked the trail for six years, often staying at the Montgomery Homestead in the tiny hamlet of Damascus, Virginia.

But his luck ran out earlier this year, when federal agents caught up with him after a true-crime series ran a story about the fugitive accountant who left behind a wife and a daughter living in Kentucky.

“He was a thrill seeker,” said his former sister-in-law Jane Ryan.

Watch Below: Donald Trump Calls FBI After Escaped Drug Lord 'El Chapo' Threatens Him

 

Share Share on Facebook Tweet Share on Twitter
Receive Breaking News

By signing up, you agree to our Terms of Use and Privacy Policy

Your e-mail was submitted successfully.
Sorry, your email address was not processed. Please try again.
Around the Web
Comments