SCHOHARIE — A fugitive who gained some notoriety two years ago when state police trying to locate her circulated a mug shot of her with her tongue sticking out is now in custody and awaiting trial.

Eleanor Black, 36, was brought back to Schoharie County by state police over the summer, police said this week.

She has been held since without bail at the Albany County Jail, where Schoharie currently houses its prisoners. She lost a bid to gain release last month as a judge ruled against her, according to an order filed in the case.

Black faces an 18-count indictment in Schoharie County, accusing her of a series of forgery and false-identity related crimes. 

She is accused of using a fake identity to sign up for county benefits, as well as register as a student at SUNY Cobleskill. She also received a non-driver’s ID under a fake name using other identification with the fake name, state police spokesman Mark Cepiel said.

She is accused of getting birth certificates for fake children, but apparently did not used them.

The local incidents were uncovered by a state trooper who initially encountered Black when she used her real name, but then encountered her later when she gave a false name. He then looked further into Black’s background, Cepiel said.

Black was wanted after she failed to show for a court date on the indictment lodged against her. State police previously said that occurred in October 2013, though the recent decision places her failure to show up in May 2015.

Regardless, state police included Black’s mug shot in a June 2015 Facebook post on its regular Wednesday series seeking fugitives. The picture showed her sticking her tongue out.

She was arrested last year in North Carolina on a charge there, Cepiel said. That charge appears to have been dropped, but the local warrant remained active and state police returned her to Schoharie County in June.

Black’s listed attorney, Rachel Rappazzo, did not return calls for comment.

Black also has an interesting past. Prior to arriving in Schoharie County, records indicate that Black was involved in a Florida-New York City missing child case that made headlines in April 2010.

In that case, Black and her boyfriend had a missing 3-year-old boy — the son of Black’s friend — for three days and authorities issued an alert for the boy, according to authorities and media reports.

The boy then turned up in New York City, dropped off at St. Patrick’s Cathedral with a note in his hand giving his information. Black and her boyfriend were suspected of dropping off the boy and leaving. It was unclear if any charges were pursued against Black or her boyfriend in that case.

Victory killed the officer in 1968, then escaped custody in 1978 after he convinced prison guards to unshackle him and allow him private time with his wife at a motel during a dentist visit, newspaper records show. Victory wasn’t captured again until 1981. In the meantime, he fathered Black in 1980.


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