The program, begun by Clear Channel Outdoor and the FBI in Pennsylvania three years ago, now runs nationwide and includes the majority of digital billboard providers. Messages draw attention to violent criminals, kidnap victims, missing children and bank robbers.Steven Maiurro was placed on the FBI New York’s Featured Fugitives list on Tuesday, April 20. Investigative efforts and publicity led Maiurro to call the FBI’s New York Office on Thursday afternoon, April 22. He surrendered later that evening. Maiurro faces federal charges for his alleged involvement in a sex trafficking operation run by the Gambino Crime Family in Staten Island and Brooklyn, New York. Maiurro is charged with four counts related to sex trafficking.
Apparently, people who saw Maiurro’s picture featured on various media outlets, including the Times Square Clear Channel digital billboard, had alerted him that his picture was everywhere.
“We often ask for the public’s assistance in locating wanted fugitives,” says Richard Kolko, special agent. “This case is a great example of how publicity serves as a valuable tool in assisting our investigations.”