Brit Fraud Victims Hope of Justice Delayed

A British woman’s hopes of justice after police in Europe finally arrested a charmer who conned her out of her life savings five years ago have been delayed again after Swiss cops said they wanted to investigate him themselves.

Public schoolboy Mark Acklom was Britain’s most wanted alleged fraudster after he had a year-long relationship with Carolyn during which he claimed to work for MI6 and borrowed 850,000 GBP for various business ventures, and then vanished in 2013.

He was arrested last month on a raid on a property in Waedenswil in the north-eastern canton of Zurich where he had been living under a false name with a Spanish wife and two children. He was caught as he tried to climb through a window.

However Swiss detectives say Acklom, 45, cannot be extradited to Britain because they also want to investigate him for fraud after he was arrested.

Pic shows: CCTV of Mark Acklom and Carolyn Woods

The public prosecutor’s office of Zurich and Geneva have confirmed the investigation.

Public prosecutor’s office spokesman Christian Philipp told local TV station TeleZuri: “The charges are about fraud. Criminal proceedings have been initiated. The investigation is ongoing.”

Pic shows: Mark Acklom

The proceedings confirm that Acklom is suspected of having conned Swiss nationals.

According to TeleZurich investigations, Acklom is the co-owner of a company which was advertised on the internet as a “developer, manufacturer” and “marketer” of secure data storage as well as carrying out of related services.

The public prosecutor’s office said extradition is out of the question as long as they are investigating Acklom.

He has been in custody in Switzerland since his arrest last month.