But, Parrett, a fugitive of two and a half years, was living under a made-up identity, escaping U.S. officials and a 25-year prison sentence.
Parrett fled in March 2008 after a jury in Columbus, Ohio, convicted her of charges including securities fraud, wire fraud and conspiracy in a $1.9 billion corporate fraud case.
Married six times, Parrett left behind her sixth husband, her son from her first marriage and grandchildren.
Her husband, Gary Green, and son, Robert Parrett, could not be reached for comment.
Parrett was the only person to flee her conviction despite being a co-defendant with her former husband, Donald Ayers, and several other executives of a company she co-founded, National Century Financial Enterprises, in Columbus.
National Century was supposed to pay medical companies for future insurance bills and claims to be re-sold as bonds. But the company eventually became a giant Ponzi-like scheme, officials said.
Parrett, apparently, believed otherwise. Her side of the story was highlighted in a 266-page manifesto written after her indictment called, "Victim of Justice."
In the document, Parrett described herself as an innocent woman from West Virginia without a college degree who worked her way up to become a medical billing executive.
"It's very sad to be the victim of a political bureaucracy that has abused its power beyond imagination over and over again," she wrote in the preface. "There were many victims. I am only one small dot on a giant map that the government controls."
Parrett tried to describe the overzealous actions of the government against her and placed blame on the other executives.
"I didn't do any of the things I was accused of doing," she wrote, "yet the government has destroyed everything I worked for my whole life."
Rebecca Parrett's Sister Defends Her -- Then Goes to Jail
Parrett's older sister, Linda Case, was adamant to ABC News last year that her younger sibling was innocent. But then she, herself, was arrested in Ohio in February.
A criminal complaint in a federal court accused her of having e-mail communication with Parrett despite saying she was unaware of Parrett's whereabouts.
Case was convicted of obstruction of justice for preventing her sister's capture, served six months in prison and remains under house arrest in Ohio. She could not be reached to comment on this story.
Parrett, 62, a skilled ballroom dancer and took professional lessons before she fled, enjoyed dancing in Ajijic, underwent anti-aging treatments and could have easily blended in, according to Deputy U.S. Marshal Brian Babtist.
"The weather was nice and there were other retirees," Babtist said. "I don't think anyone knew for sure she was in Mexico, but all signs pointed there for several months. She was a pretty smart person. She was able to keep herself hidden since March 2008. Obviously, she had money, so that makes it easier to find."
While on the lam, Parrett twice was featured on the TV show "America's Most Wanted," on June 21, 2008 and May 29, 2010, according to its website.
Babtist said Parrett told people she had testified in a fraud case in the United States and was living in Mexico for her safety.
Joseph Scott, a former defense lawyer in Ohio for both Parrett and Case, described Parrett as "definitely successful" at several business endeavors before her career began at National Century.
"She was a very hard-working woman," Scott said. "She put in a lot of hours and stayed up to date with modern technology. She was not afraid of a challenge."
Rebecca Parrett 'In Transit' Back to Ohio
Babtist said Mexican officials were able to deport Parrett to the U.S. for her illegal immigration status.
On Wednesday, Parrett waived her right to a detention hearing and was represented by deputy federal public defender Nikoo Barenji, according to U.S. Attorney's Office spokesman, Thom Mrozek. The judge ordered that Parrett be detained and transferred back to Columbus.
Barenji could not be reached for comment.
Parrett was classified as "in transit" and may not arrive in Columbus for at least two weeks, Mrozek said.
ABC News' Miguel Sancho contributed to this report.