Madeleine searcher arrested for fraud

26 November 2009
Calgary Herald

A businessman paid to help search for British girl Madeleine McCann was arrested after a hotel manager recognized him as an alleged fraudster wanted by U.S. authorities, British police said Wednesday. Kevin Halligen, 48, was arrested Tuesday following an argument over his bill at a luxury hotel in Oxford where he had been staying for several months under an assumed name.

The hotel's manager recalled his face from a newspaper report about the alleged fraud. The U.S. Department of Justice had issued an indictment for Halligen earlier this month, alleging he tried to defraud a London law firm of $2.1 million. Halligen runs a private investigation firm used by Madeleine's parents to look for their daughter.

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