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Northampton woman sentenced for fraud in the US

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.

Paul and Sandra Dunham Credit: ITV News Anglia

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Candles to be lit to mark 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz

A special memorial evening was held at the Cambridge Corn Exchange. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Candles will be lit across the region later to mark 70 years today since the liberation of the Nazi Death camp - Auschwitz..

A special memorial evening was held at the Cambridge Corn Exchange, as part of the build up to today's commemorations.

Survivors of the Nazi death camps were invited to the event to see a mixture of dance and readings.

Candles will be lit in Cambridge, Northampton, Lowestoft, Norwich, Southend and Colchester later to represent each of the 70 years since the end of Auschwitz.

Emotions were running high at the service. Credit: ITV News Anglia

"I couldn't possibly find words to convey what it's like in Auschwitz, to be there, how scared we were. It was terrible.

It's not so important, what is important is that people behave like human beings now."

– Anita Lasker-Wallfisch, Auschwitz survivor

Remembering the holocaust - one man's story

As the world marks the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz one survivor from Suffolk has told his family's story.

More than a million people died at Auschwitz in German-occupied Poland - the largest and most notorious Nazi concentration camp.

Frank Bright from Suffolk lived through the ordeal. But his parents and most of his classmates did not. He is 86 now and more determined than ever to keep their memories alive.

Click below to watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Natalie Gray

Remembering Auschwitz

It's the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the largest and most notorious Nazi concentration camp, Auschwitz in German-occupied Poland. More than a million people died there - it was slaughter on an industrial scale.

Some Jews managed to escape to Britain before war broke out. Martin Cahn's father left Germany when he was a child after he was attacked in the street. Mr Cahn now lives in Impington in Cambridgeshire.

Click below to watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Claire McGlasson

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British soldier charged with raping six-year-old in Austria

A British soldier arrested on suspicion of raping a six-year-old girl in Austria has been charged, prosecutors have said.

The unnamed soldier, reportedly a bombardier from 7th Parachute Regiment Royal Horse Artillery in Essex, was also charged with sexually abusing the young girl.

Prosecutors said the soldier entered the house in Neustift, in the Stubaital valley, Austria, early one morning Credit: Google Maps

Prosecutors in the country said he had entered the family's unlocked home in the small town of Neustift, in the Stubaital valley in the early hours of one morning and was caught the girl's bedroom by her father, who had been woken by the noise.

He will face trial on March 10 and, if convicted, faces up to 10 years in prison.

A Ministry of Defence spokeswoman confirmed the Army was aware of the developments.

The Army is aware that a soldier has been charged in Austria following allegations of child sexual offences.

This matter is now subject to criminal proceedings led by the Austrian authorities and it is therefore inappropriate for us to comment further at this time.

– Ministry of Defence spokeswoman

Local authors win at Costa awards

Authors from our region have won their categories at the prestigious Costa Book Awards for 2014.

The Cambridge writer Helen MacDonald won the biography section with her memoir, 'H is for Hawk'. The book is an account of how she turned to falconry to cope with her father's death.

Cambridge author Helen MacDonald Credit: ITV News Anglia

Another writer from Cambridge, Ali Smith, won the category for novels with her book, 'How to be Both'. Emma Healey, who lives in Norwich, won the first novel category with 'Elizabeth is Missing'.

Emma Healey in Norwich Credit: ITV News Anglia
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