British fraud suspect commits suicide in French jail

23rd May 2013, Comments 0 comments

A 38-year-old Briton charged with organised fraud has committed suicide in jail in France, a judicial source said Thursday.

He hanged himself with a belt in his cell at a prison in the central Poitiers-Vivonne region. His body was found by officials on Wednesday afternoon.

He was arrested on May 14 and charged in connection with a scam involving British nationals and French banks and loans totalling 1.6 million euros ($2.1 million). He was charged on Friday.

The man left two suicide notes. Authorities did not disclose the contents of the notes or the man's identity.

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