Mark Acklom has appeared before a UK Crown Court where he has been charged with 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 legally able 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 12 counts of money laundering.
Mr Acklom has been remanded in custody in the UK, since he was extradited, from Switzerland, on 22 February 2019.
Ian Cruxton, the Head of International Operations for the National Crime Agency (“NCA”), said: “We have worked closely with our partners in Switzerland and Avon and Somerset police to bring about this extradition and put Mark Acklom before the UK courts. This case once again demonstrates our ability to track down fugitives wherever they may be. The NCA’s international reach means there is no safe place to hide for individuals wanted in the UK.”
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