Fugitive fraudster appears in British court following arrest on Costa del Sol

IN COURT: Woodhead appeared before a judge in Leeds. CREDIT: Wikimedia Commons

A BRITISH man arrested in Marbella after fleeing his country ahead of a fraud trial has appeared in Leeds Crown Court.

Christopher Woodhead, 66, appeared in court on Thursday less than 24 hours after he arrived back in Britain. He admitted to failing to surrender to custody in September 2004.

He was sentenced to six years in prison in absentia in 2004 after being found guilty of charging and laundering from the three companies he owned in Sheepscar, Yorkshire.

Woodhead was found to have siphoned more than €450,000 from his businesses and to have deployed aggressive sales tactics to swindle an elderly widow and others out of thousands.

The Serious Fraud Office also imposed a confiscation order on him for more than €480,000 which today stands at around €950,000 with interest imposed.

The judge presiding over Woodhead’s court appearance has adjourned the sentencing hearing to Thursday July 11.

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