Madeleine fraud suspect caged

3 Dec 2009
Scottish Daily Record

An alleged conman suspected of stealing £300,000 from the Madeleine McCann fund remained behind bars last night after skipping a bail hearing.

Kevin Halligen, 48, who claimed he could use satellite technology to help find the missing youngster, is facing extradition to America over an unrelated £1.2million fraud.

He was arrested last month at a luxury hotel in Oxford where he had been staying with his girlfriend under a false name.

Judge Caroline Tubbs remanded Halligen in custody after his lawyer told Westminster Magistrates Court he would not attend yesterday's hearing.

The US authorities have until January 28 to decide whether to extradite him on fraud and money-laundering charges relating to an oil company.

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