Couple face US extradition order

A retired British couple have been ordered to hand themselves in to police ahead of being sent to the United States to face fraud charges.

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Northampton couple facing extradition being held at Heathrow

Paul and Sandra Dunham at an earlier court hearing Credit: ITV News Anglia

A retired couple from Northampton who are facing extradition to America, are being held overnight at Heathrow Police Station.

Paul and Sandra Dunham will be flown out to the US tomorrow morning.

They were taken to hospital last week after they took a drug overdose in an apparent suicide bid the night before they were due to hand themselves in to US Marshals.

The couple in their fifties, were remanded into custody at West Minster Magistrates' Court on Friday.

Senior District Judge Howard Riddle, concluded they had taken drugs deliberately to avoid or delay their extradition to face fraud charges, so he remanded them into custody.

The Dunhams are accused of a work expenses fraud in America. They both deny the allegations.

Dunhams to appear before Westminster Magistrates this afternoon

The Dunhams at an earlier appearance Credit: ITV News Anglia

Northampton couple Paul and Sandra Dunham will appear at Westminster Magistrates' Court at 4pm today over an alleged bail breach.

The couple had been due to report to a police station in London yesterday morning, but were taken to hospital. There were reports the couple had attempted suicide.

They spent the night in hospital.

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Dramatic twist in extradition case

A Northampton couple's fight against extradition has taken a dramatic twist as police had to break down the door of their home.

Paul and Sandra Dunham were due to report to a police station in London before being sent to the US to stand trial on a series of fraud charges.

ITV Anglia's Olivia Paterson reports.

Family and friends devastated as Northampton couple prepare to hand themselves in

Paul Dunham.
Paul Dunham. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A retired couple from Northampton have been told they will be handed over to US Marshals at Heathrow Airport on Thursday for extradition to America on fraud charges.

Paul and Sandra Dunham lost a High Court battle last month to block their extradition.

58-year-old Mr Dunham was chief executive and president of a US electronics company.

He has been indicted on 13 counts of fraud and money laundering by an American grand jury.

Mrs Dunham faces eight counts. The couple deny the allegations.

"Yesterday was mostly taken up by speaking to friends and family who are as shocked and devastated as we are," Mr Dunham told ITV News Anglia.

"We're desperately trying to find a home for our dogs because you know we hadn't planned any of that."

Read more: Couple have extradition appeal turned down

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Northampton couple ordered to hand themselves in to police ahead of extradition

Paul and Sandra Dunham.
Paul and Sandra Dunham. Credit: PA

A retired British couple have been ordered to hand themselves in to police ahead of being sent to the United States to face fraud charges.

Paul and Sandra Dunham lost a High Court battle last month to block their extradition to Maryland after a request by the Department of Justice sought their extradition over what the couple claim is an "employment-related dispute".

Mr Dunham, 58, who was chief executive and president of Pace, a US company manufacturing soldering irons for the electronics industry, was indicted on 13 counts of fraud and money-laundering by a grand jury in Greenbelt, Maryland, in December 2011.

Mrs Dunham, also 58, is accused of eight counts of fraud for allegedly aiding and abetting him.

A statement released on behalf of the couple said today:

"Paul and Sandra Dunham have been told by the Met Police's extradition unit to report to Belgravia police station at 10am this Thursday, May 15, for onward transportation by the police to Heathrow where they will be handed over to US marshals and extradited to the US."

The couple "vehemently reject" allegations relating to expenses claims while working in the US.

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