(ORLANDO, FL)– A man wanted for COVID relief fraud in New York was located at a Disney World park by an off-duty agent last month.
Quashon Burton was taken into custody at Animal Kingdom on October 20th after the agent with the United States Postal Inspection Service recognized Burton’s tattoos while on vacation.
According to the report, Burton had been on the run from authorities since November of 2021 after it was found that he “used the names and dates of birth of other persons to steal government funds,” worth almost $150,000.
Authorities say they served a warrant at Burton’s last known address in Brooklyn in December, however, they were unable to make contact with him.
After visiting for property several more times, authorities were told by Burton’s mother that he did not live there anymore and that he would not be turning himself in.
Once the inspector recognized Burton at the park, he immediately notified officials at Disney and the Orange County Sheriff’s office. Burton was taken into custody once he exited the park and transferred to federal custody.
While being taken into custody, Burton reportedly continued to state that he was misidentified, even after fingerprints confirmed his identity.
Records also indicate that Burton used a false name to enter the Disney park. Burton has been charged with scamming the government out of COVID-19 relief funds.