FBI special agents need the public’s help to capture a federal fugitive who has been charged and sentenced in absentia for his role in a $16 million loan fraud scheme.  Beginning today, Clear Channel Outdoor digital billboards will feature a photograph of 53 year-old Oscar Cantalicio Ortiz and advertise a $5,000 reward offered by Crime Stoppers of Houston in the case across the greater Houston area.

Ortiz, who had resided in Kingwood prior to becoming a fugitive, pleaded guilty and was convicted of conspiring to commit bank, mail and wire fraud on June 30, 2016.  He was scheduled to be sentenced in the case, but failed to appear for the hearing on April 24, 2017.  U.S. District Judge Kenneth Hoyt sentenced Ortiz in absentia to a 262-month term of federal imprisonment on June 5, 2017.  He was further ordered to pay $5,462,800 in restitution.  According to statements made in court, Ortiz cut off his ankle monitor and left it on the side of the road.

Oscar Cantalicio Ortiz is a 53 year-old Hispanic male who is 6’0” tall with a medium-heavy build.  Ortiz has strong ties to the Houston area and last resided in Kingwood, Texas.  Ortiz also has ties to Argentina and the Dominican Republic.  Ortiz is fluent in English and Spanish and sometimes wears glasses.  He was last employed at CTP Gaming in Houston, Texas.  He drives a silver 2004 Toyota 4-Runner, Texas license plate CN5V326.

Crime Stoppers is offering up to $5,000 for information leading to the charging and arrest of this fugitive.  If you have information about Ortiz, please call the Crime Stoppers tip line at 713-222-TIPS (8477) or the Houston office of the FBI at (713) 693-5000.  Text TIP610 plus your tip to CRIMES (274637) or visit www.crime-stoppers.org.  Tips may also be submitted to Crime Stoppers through the Crime Stoppers of Houston app which can be downloaded at the app store for both iPhone and android devices.  All tipsters remain anonymous.