Mark Acklom is accused of defrauding Carolyn Woods of nearly £762,000. It is alleged that Mr Acklom dishonestly claimed he was a Swiss banker who worked for MI6 and that he was free to marry Ms Woods. Mr Acklom allegedly induced Ms Woods into giving him £762,000 to renovate a property that he owned and was developing. The payments from Ms Woods were made over several months and on one occasion she allegedly transferred £565,450 to his account.
Additionally, Mr Acklom is also charged with twelve counts of money laundering. He was investigated by Avon and Somerset Police for six years. He was eventually discovered living in Geneva with his wife and two daughters. He was subsequently arrested, held in custody and extradited to the UK after losing his appeal where he claimed that in a post-Brexit Britain his human rights would not be guaranteed. After the Swiss Supreme Court dismissed his argument as “futile” he was surrendered to the UK from Geneva on 22 February 2019.
Mr Acklom has not applied to be remanded on bail and will therefore remain in custody until his next appearance before the Crown Court on 25 March 2019.