A suspected con artist who allegedly impersonated top female Hollywood executives to swindle aspiring stars out of hundreds of thousands of dollars has been arrested in Britain after a US extradition request.

Dubbed the 'Con Queen of Hollywood,' the suspect led FBI investigators on a years-long, global manhunt so bizzare it has even been optioned for a book deal. 

The suspect was identified in an unsealed court indictment on Thursday in the US as Hargobind Tahilramani, a 41-year-old Indonesian man.

"Tahilramani and his co-conspirators would falsely claim to be, among others: well-known entertainment industry executives; individuals who worked with the entertainment industry executives; and family members of the entertainment industry executives," the indictment states.

"Tahilramani and his co-conspirators would falsely claim that they wanted to hire the entertainment industry professionals to work on films and other projects purportedly based in Indonesia, when in fact, no such films or other projects existed."

A spokesperson for the FBI said: "The defendant has been arrested in the United Kingdom, based on a request for his provisional arrest submitted by the United States with a view towards his extradition."

Among the Hollywood executives Tahilramani allegedly impersonated were Lucasfilm boss Kathleen Kennedy, former Sony movie chief Amy Pascal, Wendi Murdoch, the former wife of Rupert Murdoch and ex-Paramount boss Sherry Lansing.

Victims were offered high-paying movie jobs and told to travel to Indonesia for tasks including location scouting, research and drafting screenplays, according to the court documents filed in California.

Tahilramani would "use fake accents and alter his voice to sound like a woman," the documents state.

As soon as they arrived in Indonesia victims were allegedly bilked for US currency at every turn by Tahilramani and his co-conspirators. However, when the promised film projects transpired to be entirely fictional their expenses were never reimbursed.

If targets complained or expressed doubt, Tahilramani would sometimes threaten to "dismember" the victim, the documents state.

The scam began as early as 2013, and continued despite global Covid travel bans to this August, when victims were instead asked to shell out for non-existent training videos.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Tahilramani was arrested by Manchester police last week. 

He faces charges of wire fraud, identity theft and conspiracy.

HarperCollins has secured the book rights for the story to be written by former Hollywood Reporter journalist Scott Johnson.