Kevin Halligen, 48, is accused by prosecutors in America of attempting to defraud a London law firm of 2.1 million dollars.
At City of Westminster Magistrates’ Court, yesterday, the Irish national’s lawyer Mark Summers confirmed that his client would contest extradition proceedings.
The brief session was adjourned to allow time to evaluate his request for legal aid. He will next appear on February 26.
The businessman’s firm Oakley International had been employed by Kate and Gerry McCann for around six months in 2008 to look for their missing daughter.
In all the Washington-based firm was paid around £300,000 for its services by the McCanns.
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United Kingdom Man Indicted for Fraud
Washington, D.C.—Kevin R. Halligen, 48, of Surrey, United Kingdom, was indicted today on charges of wire fraud and money laundering by a grand jury sitting in the District of Columbia, announced Acting U.S. Attorney Channing D. Phillips and Joseph Persichini, Jr., Assistant Director in Charge of the Washington Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
The indictment alleges that from November 2006 to January 2007, Halligen engaged in a scheme to defraud a London-based law firm of $2,100,000. The indictment alleges that Halligen falsely represented to the law firm that these funds would be used to pay expenses incurred in the United States to help secure the release of two executives of a client of the law firm who were arrested in the country of Ivory Coast. Contrary to these representations, Halligen, the indictment alleges, used the funds for his own benefit including purchasing a mansion located in Great Falls, Virginia.
In announcing the indictment, Acting U.S. Attorney Phillips and FBI Assistant Director in Charge Persichini praised the work of the FBI Special Agent who investigated this case. They also commended Paralegal Specialist Mary Treanor, Legal Assistants Jamasee Lucas, Sabrina Brown, and Assistant U.S. Attorney Vasu Muthyala, who is prosecuting the case.
An indictment is merely a formal charge that a defendant has committed a violation of criminal laws and every defendant is presumed innocent until, and unless, proven guilty.
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Relation to the McCanns Fund
Madeleine fund in chaos as private eyes are axed after draining £500,000 Daily Mail
By DANIEL BOFFEY and MILES GOSLETT
Last updated at 10:14 PM on 23rd August 2008
A team of private investigators working behind the scenes to find Madeleine McCann has been axed after being paid £500,000 from publicly donated funds.
The Find Madeleine Fund quietly engaged the services of a US-based company which was awarded the lucrative six-month contract earlier this year.
The company, Oakley International, which boasts former British security service and FBI contacts, was hired to monitor the Madeleine Hotline, carry out detective work and review CCTV footage of possible sightings of the missing girl around the world.
A source revealed that the company had also spent resources in an attempt to infiltrate a paedophile ring in Belgium.
However, the company's contract will now not be renewed. The Mail on Sunday has learned that double-glazing tycoon Brian Kennedy, who has been underwriting the fund's search for Madeleine, has conducted a review of the agency's work and has become unhappy with the progress it was making.
The deal was abruptly ended following a meeting last week after the fund brought in independent monitors to assess how the money was spent.
The cost of employing the agency - run by a Briton, Kevin Halligen - has drained the Madeleine fund and there is now less than £500,000 left.
The development is likely to dismay the thousands who gave to the appeal, and raise questions about how the fund has been administered.
Mr Kennedy, who owns Sale Sharks rugby club, was said to be 'angry' because he believed Oakley's bills, estimated to be more than £80,000 a month, were too much for the results they achieved.
A source said: 'There is a sense that they were meaning well but hadn't got as far as they should for the money involved.
'Brian Kennedy thought their work was far too pricey and wanted to know where the money was being spent. He wasn't satisfied with their answers and the contract was not renewed.
'Madeleine's parents, Gerry and Kate, have been kept informed all along and agree with the decision. A lot of people were asking questions about where the money was being spent.'
Oakley International won the contract after an introduction by another company, Red Defence International (RDI), based in Jermyn Street, Central London.
Listed as being involved with both companies was Mr Halligen, 47, a communications expert. He is given as the 'contact name' for Oakley International Group, a company registered in Washington DC as the manufacturer of search and navigation equipment.
The company says it has annual sales of £33,000 and only one employee, who appears to be Mr Halligen.
The address given for the company is 2550 M Street NW Washington, which is the downtown office of Patton Boggs, one of the largest and most powerful law companies in America.
A source at the law firm said last night that the lawyer who represented Mr Halligen was unavailable for comment.
RDI, formed in 2005, bills itself as 'an experienced provider of crisis prevention, management and expertise'. It claims to have a presence in Washington DC and Virginia and representation in the Middle East, Africa and Central America.
However, its latest set of accounts is two months overdue and it faces being fined by HM Revenue & Customs.
Among the main players working on the McCann contract were Mr Halligen and Henri Exton, 57, who headed the Greater Manchester Police undercover unit until 1993. He then worked for the Government before moving into the private sector.
One day after a crisis meeting last week with the Madeleine fund administrators, Mr Halligen resigned as a director of RDI.
Mr Exton, of Bury, Lancashire, has the Queen’s Police Medal and an OBE. During the Seventies and Eighties his work included uncovering organised crime rings and recruiting supergrasses.
He also infiltrated football gangs, at one stage becoming a leader of the Young Guvnors, who followed Manchester City, and was forced to take part in organised incidents to preserve his cover.
Previously, the McCann fund had employed a Spanish detective agency called Metodo 3. However, the fund lost confidence in them, especially after they announced they would find Madeleine by last Christmas.
She had disappeared from the resort of Praia da Luz, Portugal, on May 3, 2007, nine days short of her fourth birthday.
A spokesman for the McCanns said yesterday: 'Kate and Gerry, the fund and their backers have always sought to employ the very best people and resources in the ongoing search for Madeleine.
'Kate and Gerry, via the fund and the backers, continue to employ many such resources and it is true that Red Defence and Oakley were part of those resources.
'I simply will not comment on any personnel, financial or operational details whatsoever.'
No one could be reached for comment at Oakley International or Red Defence International.
Mr Kennedy, estimated to be worth about £250million, became involved after being moved by the plight of the McCanns during the period they were made formal suspects – arguidos – in Madeleine's disappearance. Portuguese prosecutors dropped the couple's arguido status last month.
The 47-year-old made his money in double-glazing and home improvement ventures with companies including Everest windows. His Latium Group business empire has an annual turnover of about £400million.
The court docket
|Date Filed||#||Docket Text|
|04/09/2009||1||COMPLAINT against KEVIN RICHARD HALLIGEN, OAKLEY INTERNATIONAL GROUP, LLC, OAKLEY STRATEGIC SERVICES, LLC ( Filing fee $ 350, receipt number 4616019759) filed by RYECROFT CONSULTANTS SA. (Attachments: # 1 Civil Cover Sheet)(rdj) (Entered: 04/10/2009)|
|04/09/2009||Summons (5) Issued as to KEVIN RICHARD HALLIGEN, OAKLEY INTERNATIONAL GROUP, LLC, OAKLEY STRATEGIC SERVICES, LLC. (rdj) (Entered: 04/10/2009)|
|06/08/2009||SUMMONS (1) REISSUED as to KEVIN RICHARD HALLIGEN (rdj) (Entered: 06/08/2009)|
|08/04/2009||2||RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed. KEVIN RICHARD HALLIGEN served on 7/24/2009, answer due 8/13/2009 (Surovell, Scott) (Entered: 08/04/2009)|
|08/06/2009||3||RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed. OAKLEY INTERNATIONAL GROUP, LLC served on 4/29/2009, answer due 5/19/2009; OAKLEY STRATEGIC SERVICES, LLC served on 4/27/2009, answer due 5/18/2009 (Surovell, Scott) (Entered: 08/06/2009)|
|09/01/2009||4||AFFIDAVIT FOR DEFAULT of all Defendants by RYECROFT CONSULTANTS SA. (Attachments: # 1 Default)(Surovell, Scott) (Entered: 09/01/2009)|
|09/03/2009||5||Clerk's ENTRY OF DEFAULT as to KEVIN RICHARD HALLIGEN (rdj) (Entered: 09/03/2009)|
|09/03/2009||6||Clerk's ENTRY OF DEFAULT as to OAKLEY INTERNATIONAL GROUP, LLC (rdj) (Entered: 09/03/2009)|
|09/03/2009||7||Clerk's ENTRY OF DEFAULT as to OAKLEY STRATEGIC SERVICES, LLC (rdj) (Entered: 09/03/2009)|
|10/06/2009||8||ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE. No later than November 6, 2009, Plaintiff shall SHOW CAUSE why the Court should not dismiss this action pursuant to Local Rule 83.23 for failure to prosecute. See attached Order for further details. Signed by Judge Rosemary M. Collyer on 10/6/09. (lcrmc1) (Entered: 10/06/2009)|
|10/06/2009||Set/Reset Deadlines: Response to Show Cause Order due by 11/6/2009. (cdw) (Entered: 10/09/2009)|
|10/26/2009||9||First MOTION for Default Judgment as to Kevin Richard Halligen by RYECROFT CONSULTANTS SA (Markle, George) (Entered: 10/26/2009)|
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