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  • 22 May 2014, 21:05

British Couple Extradited To US Over 'Fraud'

A British couple who attempted to take their own lives after losing a battle to avoid being sent to America to face fraud charges have been extradited.

Grandparents Paul and Sandra Dunham were handed over to US Marshals at Heathrow Terminal Four by officers from the Metropolitan Police Service.

They are wanted in America in connection with allegations of fraud relating to Mr Dunham's company, Pace.

Last Thursday, the couple were taken to hospital in Northampton after they took a drug overdose shortly before they were required to hand themselves in to police.

The Dunhams, both 58, were remanded in custody at Westminster Magistrates' Court last Friday after a judge concluded they had taken the drugs deliberately to avoid or delay their extradition.

Mr Dunham spent the weekend in Wandsworth prison, while Mrs Dunham was held in HMP Holloway.

Both were transferred to Heathrow police station on Wednesday, where they spent the night.

The Metropolitan Police's Extradition Unit have now handed them over to the US officers and the couple left on a flight that departed at around 2.15pm on Thursday.

Mr Dunham, who was chief executive, president and a 20% shareholder in Pace, was indicted on 13 counts of fraud and money laundering by a grand jury in Greenbelt, Maryland, in December 2011.

The company manufactured soldering irons for the electronics industry.

His wife is accused of eight counts of fraud for allegedly aiding and abetting him. The couple deny any wrongdoing.

The Dunhams' UK solicitor, Karen Todner, said their removal to the US showed that the extradition laws were not working fairly.

She said: "I understand David Cameron has recently stated that the Abu Hamza conviction shows that we ought to be extraditing people to America with greater expedition.

"What in fact this case shows is that Mr Abu Hamza should have stood trial in the United Kingdom and faced British justice.

"How many people like Mr and Mrs Dunham have to be extradited before this Government will uphold the promises they made whilst in opposition to change this treaty with America?"

It is understood a lawyer has been lined up to represent the Dunhams in the US.

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