LAS VEGAS (AP) — An attorney for a former Chicago commodities broker found working as a bookie in Las Vegas after being declared legally dead in 1986 says his client is being offered a plea deal that could allow him to avoid jail.

Seventy-two-year-old Arthur Gerald Jones was arrested Tuesday on four felony counts related to identify theft and fraud after authorities say he renewed a Nevada driver’s license in 2008 under an assumed name.

Jones posted bail Thursday and hasn’t yet discussed with his lawyer the plea deal that would allow him to plead guilty to one of the charges and face probation.

Jones disappeared amid gambling and marital problems in 1979. An affidavit says FBI agents had investigated his disappearance as suspicious and focused on possible mob connections, but they never solved the missing persons case.


Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.


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