WORCESTER – A woman who allegedly fled Florida on drug and fraud charges was located in Worcester by investigators with the Otsego County District Attorney’s Office and the DEA.
Convicted felon Paula Jo Rutty, 44, was arrested after the Albany DEA received information that she was back in Upstate NY and wanted in Duval County, Fla. on on two violation of probation felony warrants: possession of a controlled substance and burglary of a structure – conveyance and fraudulent use of a credit card, issued in February after her whereabouts were unknown.
Yesterday morning, DA investigators and DEA special agents located Rutty in East Worcester and she was arrested as a fugitive from justice after the Florida authorities were contacted and advised that they would extradite her. She was arraigned by Town of Worcester Judge William J. Fisher and remanded to the Otsego County Jail without bail pending her arraignment in the Otsego County Court.
This morning, Rutty was arraigned as a fugitive from justice by Otsego County Court Judge Brian D. Burns and remanded back to the County Jail without bail. She is scheduled to reappear in the County Court on Friday, June 10 to continue her extradition case.