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Peter Foster: Blairs-linked serial Australian scammer found 6 months on the run

Serial Australian Scammer Peter Foster was arrested by Australian police in Melbourne on Tuesday.

The 59-year-old scammer was previously charged with high charges cheat, consists of England‘NS’CherigateScandal regarding the former British prime minister Tony Blair and his wife Cherie Blair in 2002. He helped Miss Blair buy property at a discount.

Mr Foster now faces multiple criminal charges, including Bitcoin fraud, for allegedly defrauding a Hong Kong man AU$1.7 million (£900.00) from April 2019 until January 2020 and receive the payment in installments.

His arrest comes more than six months after he failed to appear in Sydney court for a hearing.

He carried out the alleged online scam by faking his identity and calling himself William “Bill” Dawson. Since he remained untraceable for the past six months, authorities declared him a fugitive.

Mr. Nigel Ryan, assistant federal police officer, was discovered “living comfortably” on a hobby farm in a rural Victoria. The Sydney Morning Herald newspapers.

Australian Federal Police Assistant Commissioner Nigel Ryan speaks to the media during a news conference in Canberra, Australia on December 7, 2021

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Upon seeing police officials, Mr Foster tried to flee the premises but he “couldn’t get through the back door”, Mr Ryan said.

“While executing a search warrant, Mr. Foster attempted to flee the premises, but he was quickly apprehended,” he told the newspaper.

The assistant commissioner added that the fugitive tried to evade police and was cornered, saying he had a medical condition. He has been taken to the Royal Melbourne Hospital, where his condition is being assessed, Mr Ryan said.

Authorities were able to depose Mr Foster with the help of “big four banks” – Commonwealth Bank of Australia, National Australia Bank, Westpac and ANZ – who shared information that helped authorities locate man’s mind.

“Looks like Mr. Foster might have been there [at the property] within an appropriate amount of time,” said Ryan.

Without sharing details of the investigation, Mr. Ryan said, “Clearly, tracing finances and such things is a very important tool in all investigations where we can trace money to individuals. core”.

Mr. Foster was first arrested in 2020 in Queensland where he was charged with 16 counts, including 5 counts of publishing false and misleading material to gain an advantage, 10 counts of dishonesty to obtain financial gain by deception and one count of handling proceeds of crime knowingly for the purpose of concealment.

He is also subject to strict bail conditions that force him to wear an electronic ankle bracelet, surrender his passport and not be allowed to leave the country. He is also banned from using the internet or mobile phones.

After he failed to testify at Sydney Downing Center local court, Queensland police issued a new warrant for his search, which ended with his arrest on Tuesday.

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