A woman from Northampton has been sentenced in the United States for fraud today.
Paul Dunham, 59, and Sandra Dunham, 58, pleaded guilty in December last year after losing their High Court fight against extradition the previous April.
The couple admitted to conspiring to commit wire fraud in connection with a scheme in which they requested reimbursement from their employer for mortgage payments on time shares in Barbados, luxury bedding for their home, a dog sofa and other personal expenses, the US Attorney's Office for the District of Maryland said.
Mr Dunham also pleaded guilty to money laundering.
According to their pleas, the defendants worked for Pace Worldwide which was located at various times in Maryland and North Carolina, and had a subsidiary in the United Kingdom named Pace Europe Ltd.
Pace produced parts for the repair and reworking of electronics for the military and others.
Mr Dunham held a number of executive positions, including president and chief operating officer. Mrs Dunham was initially hired to work for the European subsidiary in the accounts department, and eventually became the director of sales and marketing for Pace Worldwide.
The Dunhams moved from the UK to Maryland then North Carolina, and were provided with corporate credit cards.
Between 2002 and 2009, they fraudulently charged personal expenses to their corporate credit cards and submitted vouchers to Pace for reimbursement that falsely described the expenditures as business expenses, the statement said.
As a result of the lengthy scheme, one million dollars in actual losses were incurred.
The couple were flown to the US from Heathrow Airport in May. They were taken to Northampton General Hospital after taking a drug overdose the night before they were due to hand themselves in to police and in turn to US marshals.
Senior District Judge Howard Riddle at Westminster Magistrates' Court concluded that they had deliberately taken an overdose to avoid or delay extradition.
Later the couple, from Northampton, were handed over to US marshals at Heathrow by officers from the Metropolitan Police's extradition unit.
Mrs Dunham and the US government agreed that if the court accepted the plea agreement, she would be sentenced to 60 days . Today the judge accepted that. That means with the time she's already served Mrs Dunham will serve another 18 days before heading back to the UK.
Mr Dunham faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison for the conspiracy and money laundering. He'll be sentenced at a later date.
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