Feds Nail Another Top Tenner
America's Most Wanted
May 12, 2007
The fall of this top tenner began in mid-April 2007 when a friend of Richard "Steve" Goldberg's received a call from the fugitive himself. The friend instantly alerted the authorities, telling them that Goldberg was hiding out in Montreal. Unfortunately, that's all the information they had.
Then, on May 11th, an anonymous tipster in Montreal heard an interesting story from a friend. That friend worked as a non-profit counselor who had a very intriguing client. That client, who went by the name Terry Wayne Kearns, admitted that he was a fugitive from justice from the United States but said the charges against him were trumped up.
The counselor told the friend who went to the internet for more information. She logged on the the FBI's website and found who she thought Terry Wayne Kearns really was: Richard Goldberg. The tipster told the counselor of her findings and the next time the counselor met with Kearns, the question was posed: "Are you Richard Goldberg?" Kearns said he was.
This tipster alerted the authorities who knew, based on earlier information, that this tip sounded strong. The FBI agent in Ottawa contacted Interpol Ottowa, as well as the Montreal Police SWAT team and the Canadian Border Services Agency to descend on Richard Goldberg. At 1 a.m. EST, authorities found Goldberg who readily admitted his true identity. Fingerprints later confirmed that they had, in fact, nabbed the FBI top tenner.
Richard Goldberg is now being held on a provisional warrant and US authorities are anxious to get him back to the states. But it could take several days. Goldberg had a hearing on May 14, 2007. The Canadian court system gives Goldberg seven days to make an appeal. However, there's no doubt he'll be heading back to the states eventually and the FBI says they'll travel to Canada to secure Goldberg in an effort to make sure his extradition goes as smoothly as possible.