If you have ever been wanted by the law, you will know that it is important to keep yourself hidden, out of the limelight and away from prying eyes. Maybe you would have to completely change your name and adopt a disguise. Of course you would also have to keep moving, never settling, never making friends. You would need to remain anonymous, just a drifter on the road who moves from town to town… or so you would have thought.
When Romanian, Viorel Plescan got in trouble for fraud in 2001, he came up with a very cunning plan. He decided he would hide where no one would ever expect to find him, right under everyone’s noses. The first step in his master plan was to simply pop across the border and marry a girl. With a new wife he could put into action the second part of his plan which was to change his name. As he quite liked ‘Viorel’ and was concerned that he may forget his new name, he decided to keep things simple by keeping his own first name and just swapping his old surname for that of his new wife. Viorel Plescan was now Viorel Andrei.
Disguise complete, the on the run Viorel decided to get himself a job. Lucikly, he managed to find a discreet position as an anchorman for Romania’s prime time TV programme SR TV.
For ten years, the disguised Viorel appeared on TV every day, broadcasting his mug throughout the nation… and no one noticed.
Unfortunately for the now suave, successful celebrity Viorel Andrei, Romanian cops weren’t influenced by fame and so when he got pulled over during a routine traffic stop, they decided to run a quick background check.
Two minutes later, the game was up. The police realized they had not only stopped a celebrity, but a wanted man.
Viorel must now serve eight years in jail for the conviction he got in 2001. In addition, he is also under investigation for using a false identity. Maybe the next time he is on the run disguised as a TV personality he might think about getting a cab.