One of the UK’s most wanted fugitives has been extradited from Switzerland.
Alleged fraudster Mark Acklom, 45, is said to have fleeced a woman out of £850,000 in life savings after posing as an MI6 agent in a romance scam in 2012.
He was escorted to Bristol Airport from Geneva by specially trained officers yesterday, Avon and Somerset Police said and is due to appear at Bristol Magistrates' Court today.
A spokesman for the National Crime Agency (NCA) said they had worked closely with authorities in Switzerland and Avon and Somerset Police to bring about the extradition and put Acklom before the British courts.
Police said Acklom was named as one of the UK's most wanted fugitives as part of Operation Captura, a multi-agency initiative involving the NCA and Crimestoppers to track down British fugitives abroad.
A European Arrest Warrant was issued for Acklom in June 2016 and he was believed to be at large in Spain, having been released from a Spanish prison over a £200,000 property fraud.
In May 2017 he was spotted in Geneva, where he was believed to have been with his family.
Acklom was arrested in Switzerland in June last year, after being found at a luxury apartment in Zurich where he had been living under a false name after more than two years on the run.
He is accused of 12 offences of converting or removing criminal property and eight of fraud by false representation.
According to police he posed as a Swiss banker and MI6 agent during a year-long relationship with Carolyn Woods.
Acklom allegedly duped her into lending him her life savings for renovation work at a number of properties in Bath.