One of Britain’s most wanted fugitives, who allegedly posed as an MI6 spy to seduce a divorcée and steal her life savings, has been captured.
Mark Acklom was tracked down and arrested in Switzerland, the National Crime Agency has said.
The suspected conman left his alleged victim Carolyn Woods in emotional and financial ruin after promising to marry her, she claims.
A European Arrest Warrant was issued for Acklom 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 last year he was spotted in Geneva, where he was believed to have been with his family.
Ms Woods claims he pretended to be an MI6 spy and lured her into giving him her £850,000 savings during a year-long romance in Bath.
She told Sky News last year I was completely devastated, he left me destitute and destroyed my life. I felt as though I had fallen in love. He told me he had never felt this way about anyone and we must get married.
I’ve still got the wedding dress I never wore. It was all a charade. At the time I actually wished he had killed me. I was suicidal.
He faces trial for fraud by false representation against Ms Woods.
Acklom’s alleged web of lies began when he first met Ms Woods, claiming he was Mark Conway – a Swiss banker visiting the UK to buy an airfield.
They begun to court and moved in together within days – although she discovered he was living nearby with his wife and two children.
She described him as ‘flirtatious and charming.
To back up his MI6 fantasy, she says he drove her to the secret service’s London headquarters – waltzing past two armed guards after parking the car.
He told Sky News Ms Woods’ claims were nonsense, but later insisted he didn’t really understand what she was saying about him.
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