He’s Britain’s most wanted fraudster and now Mark Acklom, accused of running off with a Bath woman’s entire life savings, has been pictured enjoying a cup of coffee with another one of Europe’s most wanted men.
Fugitives Acklom, 44, and Jose Manuel Coasta Estevez, 50, were snapped at a cafe in Geneva, Switzerland.
Their identities have been confirmed by Spanish detectives, after authorities were contacted by Sky News.
Acklom, who Avon and Somerset police say is wanted on suspicion of fraud by false representation, allegedly conned Carolyn Woods, 55, out of £850,000.
He posed as a millionaire banker and an MI6 agent and promised he would marry Carolyn.
Estevez is a building contractor, according to Sky News, who fled Spain following a conviction of fraud.
And according to the Daily Mail, he was the man behind the largest ever scam on the Galician treasury, after he submitted £10 million in false invoices.
Former Metropolitan Police border control officer Chris Hobbs told Sky News that a lack of EU border controls was the reason for the wanted pair’s freedom to travel.
He said: “If you’ve got no borders you’ve got a huge playground, the whole of Europe in which to operate in, work in and hide in. And obviously you can’t expect local police to know everybody who is wanted in Europe.
“So they will know the odds of them actually being detected anywhere in Europe are pretty remote.
“I think the nature of their offences suggests they are confident, as they have obviously been confidently conning people out of huge sums of money. They know the odds are stacked against them being recognised.”
Avon and Somerset police is investigating Acklom with a European Arrest Warrant.