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UK conman who posed as MI6 agent arrested in Zurich

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Mark Acklom is one of the most wanted fugitives in the UK. Photo: Avon and Somerset Police
08:15 CEST+02:00
A Briton accused of swindling a woman out of her life's savings while pretending be a spy posing as a banker has been arrested in Switzerland, British authorities said on Tuesday.

Mark Acklom, 45, is accused of posing as a Swiss banker during a year-long relationship with Carolyn Woods, 61, during which he allegedly tricked her into lending him £850,000 (€960,000, $1.121 million) for property development.

She said he told her the banking job was a cover and he was really an agent with Britain's foreign intelligence spy agency MI6, according to a statement from the National Crime Agency.

A Europe-wide manhunt was launched when he disappeared, tracing him first to Spain and then to Switzerland, where he was arrested in Zurich on Saturday night, living under a fake name with his wife and two children.

Acklom is now awaiting extradition to Britain, where he faces charges relating to 20 fraud offences.

 

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