SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic, Wednesday April 25, 2012 – Authorities in the Dominican Republic have deported Michael Brown, a British fraudster who stole £36million from clients before fleeing to the Caribbean.
Police officers from the Dominican Republic accompanied Brown to Madrid at the weekend. He now faces a hearing in Spain for extradition to the United Kingdom.
The Dominican Republic does not have an extradition treaty with Britain.
The saga began when Brown went on the run, sparking an international manhunt, after stealing millions from clients, including nearly £8million from Manchester United’s ex-chairman Martin Edwards.
He had posed as a highly successful bond dealer and fooled clients with extravagant claims including connections with royalty.
In 2008, Brown, who was hiding-out in the Dominican Republic, was jailed in his absence for seven years for massive fraud.
Police in the Dominican Republic said the 46-year-old Briton had been living in their country under the name of Darren Nally before his arrest in January.
The apparently incorrigible con artist had reportedly also been charged with defrauding people in the Dominican Republic tourist town of Punta Cana, but the alleged victims dropped their complaints to facilitate his extradition.
Commenting on developments, Detective Superintendent Bob Wishart said: “The City of London Police is pleased that after four years evading British justice, Mr Brown is a step closer to returning to the UK to start his prison sentence.
“We hope that him facing justice will bring some closure to the victims who suffered as a result of his frauds.”