In a written statement, U.S. District Judge Robert Holmes Bell described Lumbard's behavior as "egregious, audacious and unacceptable."
In 2009, Lumbard was charged in Michigan and Indiana courts with a variety of
crimes, including aggravated battery, obstruction of justice, breaking and entering and larceny.
After posting bond and being released on those charges, he assumed another person’s identity, fraudulently obtained a passport in Ingham County, Mich., and fled to Burma (Myanmar) to avoid prosecution.
In a more bizarre twist, Lumbard faked his suicide by leaving a suitcase with his belongings and a suicide note on a bridge overlooking the Mississippi River. He also left a message with authorities implying that they would find his body in the river.
Suspecting that Lumbard was alive and living overseas under his assumed identity, agents from the U.S. Department of State’s Diplomatic Security Service in Detroit began investigating the case. They worked agents in Bangkok, Thailand and Rangoon (Yangon), Burma and arrested Lumbard in Rangoon.
He returned to the U.S. in May 2011 and pleaded guilty to federal passport fraud and aggravated identity theft charges in October 2011.