'Have You Seen This Man' podcast: The global manhunt for John Ruffo
11th August 2021

John Ruffo engineered one of the most outlandish frauds in U.S. history — a $350 million swindle.

But even after his arrest, no one really knew Ruffo. When the unassuming Brooklyn computer salesman pleaded guilty in 1998 and received a 17-year prison sentence, his story was just beginning. He turned in his ankle monitor, made a final stop at an ATM, drove to JFK Airport and vanished.

In Season 2 of “Have You Seen This Man?,” a podcast from ABC Audio hosted by ‘The View’s’ Sunny Hostin, the ABC News Investigative Unit joins the U.S. Marshals cold-case fugitive manhunt for Ruffo as they span the globe and uncover surprising details about his cloak-and-dagger past.

PHOTO: U.S. Marshals provided this age progression image of John Ruffo.

Was that Ruffo behind home plate at a Dodgers-Red Sox game? Was there significance to a scrap of paper found in his jacket pocket with contact info for his longtime barber — now living on the Italian coast? Could Ruffo’s confidential work for the FBI or speculation about possible mob ties provide insight on his whereabouts?

PHOTO: JOHN RUFFO

New episodes every Wednesday. Check this page each week for information revealed in each episode.

Listen, subscribe and rate the show on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Amazon Music, iHeartRadio, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn and Audacy.

A four-part Hulu Original limited series on the global search for Ruffo is currently in production from ABC News Longform.

For “Have You Seen This Man” Season 1 on the manhunt for fugitive Lester Eubanks, click here

TRAILER FOR SEASON 1:

EPISODE 1: Hold on, Marshal Kevin

John Ruffo, a small-time computer salesman from New York City with a surprising gift for deception, committed a staggering $353 million bank fraud. Handed a 17-year sentence, the U.S. Marshals had him in handcuffs, ready to haul him off to prison. What happened next would leave a trail of shattered lives and spark one of the longest, most intensive manhunts in U.S. history.

Follow along as you listen to the episode:

John Ruffo is seen here with his wife, Linda Lausten:

PHOTO: John Ruffo pictured with wife Linda.

This is John Ruffo’s passport, seized by US Marshals after his arrest:

John Ruffo's passport, seized by US Marshals after his arrest

This is the last known image of John Ruffo, caught on a security camera withdrawing $600 from an ATM in Queens, New York, before disappearing:

The last known image of John Ruffo, caught on a security camera withdrawing $600 from an ATM in Queens, New York, before disappearing.

The U.S. Marshals say this is John Ruffo, spotted at a museum:

John Ruffo is seen here in this family photo.

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