Maddie hunt cash blown

NOV 30, 2009

A private eye whose firm was paid $900,000 from a public fund to find Madeleine McCann squandered it on hopeless, bizarre schemes.

Oakley International owner Kevin Halligen, who was arrested last week over an unrelated $2.35 million US fraud case, boasted of his peculiar tactics.

He claimed to have hired an actor to play a ``drunken priest'' and seek confessions in the bars of Praia da Luz, where Maddie was lost in May 2007.

He told colleagues a family with a look-alike daughter was paid to stay in a nearby resort to tempt potential kidnappers.

But his firm did not screen one of the hundreds of calls to a hotline for potential witnesses

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