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PROBATION CHIEF HELPS NAB 1993 SCOFFLAW SILENCING WEDDING
BELLS FOR OFFENDER
Springfield District Court Chief Probation
Officer John Morganstern employed his online detective
skills to positively identify an offender who had been
on the lam for 12 years. Offender Jose Pagan, granted a
two-week stay by a Hampden Superior Court judge, skipped
town in 1993 when he received a 3 to 5 year state prison
sentence for drug charges.
Morganstern had a hunch that Pagan was hiding
something when he came into court recently to ask a judge
to cut short a 10-day jail sentence he received so he could
make his May 21 st nuptials. Pagan owed 10 days in a District
Court case for a previous probation violation. The 10-day
sentence was imposed following his arrest during a recent
Almost immediately, something caught Morganstern’s
attention. He noticed that Pagan had provided the court
with a Florida address.
"It was something about this case that
bugged me. I just had this gut feeling I guess," said
After logging onto the Interstate Compact
and law enforcement record sites, Morganstern found two
Jose Pagans with two sets of personal information, including
two separate birth dates, two separate sets of parents,
as well as two completely different social security numbers.
Two things, however, stood out. Morganstern compared the
two signatures from each file and found that they matched
as did the booking photos from the District Court and Superior
Court cases. The state trooper, who arrested Pagan in 1993,
also came into court and positively identified him.
Fingerprint verification was ordered. Before
it could be administered, however, Pagan admitted that
he was the same person from the 1993 case and the 3 to
5 year prison sentence from 12 years ago was imposed.