Anorak | Madeleine McCann: Kevin Halligen Becomes The ‘Maddie Faudster’

Madeleine McCann: Kevin Halligen Becomes The ‘Maddie Faudster’

by | 25th, November 2009

46977891 MADDIE WATCH Anorak’s at-a-glance guide to press coverage of Madeleine McCann : KEVIN Halligen has been arrested. But his arrest has nothing to do with Halligen’s company Oakley International, which was paid £300,000 from campaign donations to find Madeleine McCann.

Halligan has been arrested over a separate alleged fraud . Police were called in light of a discrepancy over his bill at the Old Bank Hotel in Oxford.

Thames Valley Police said in a statement: “We arrested a 48-year-old man at the Old Bank Hotel in Oxford. It was a discrepancy over his hotel bill.”

Halligen is wanted in the United States, accused of using a client’s funds a law firm for his own benefit. It is alleged he bought a mansion in Virginia with the firm’s money.

It is claimed he had said the money was to help secure the release of two business executives from the Dutch company Trafigura, who were arrested in the Ivory Coast.

But it’s his relationship with Our Maddie that occupies the mind of the press:

A spokesman for the McCann family said: “Our association with Halligen and Oakley International ended well over a year ago. Given that an arrest has been made it would be inappropriate for us to comment.”

The Sun (front page): “MADDIE FRAUDSTER NICKED”

Halligen is the Madeleine fraudster even though he is accused of committing no fraud against the missing child nor her team.

Sky News says: “Madeleine ‘Conman’ Charged With Fraud”. Meanwhile, back in the Sun:

A DODGY “detective” on the run accused of swindling the Madeleine McCann fund out of £300,000 was nicked last night – thanks to The Sun. Kevin Halligen, 50, was led from his bolthole in handcuffs after our investigators staked out a luxury Oxford hotel then tipped off cops. The fugitive whined to police: “How did you find me?”

Well, Sky News mentions a discrepancy in the bill – a bill that ran into thousands of pounds, allegedly, the Sun prefers to foster the idea that  police and

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