Phony British aristocrat detained in Spain for fraud

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A 47-year-old man tricked several women into giving him a total of EUR 700,000 and lied that he was going to marry them.

Madrid – A British man who falsely claimed to be an aristocrat about to inherit a fortune has been detained in Spain on suspicion of conning women he promised to marry out of hundreds of thousands of euros, police said Thursday.

The 47-year-old allegedly told his victims that he was about to inherit a multi-million fortune but needed them to advance him money to cover lawyers' fees and other expenses related to the collection of the windfall, they said in a statement.

He managed to collect sums of up to EUR 700,000 (USD 1 million) from some of his victims, who believed he was going to marry them.

But before any wedding ceremony could take place the man would disappear and a woman claiming to be his daughter would inform the bride-to-be that he had suddenly died, Spanish media reported.

Police detained the man, who used a false name, on Monday in Bilbao, the largest city in Spain's wealthy northwestern Basque region, after opening their investigation in 2006.

His alleged victims were all from the Basque region and the neighbouring region of Cantabria.

AFP / Expatica

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