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Northampton couple facing extradition after case dismissed by the High Court

The Dunhams have lost their extradition fight. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A British couple have lost their High Court fight against extradition to the US over an alleged work expenses fraud.

Paul and Sandra Dunham launched their action after the US 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.

The Dunhams chatting to our reporter Olivia Paterson last month. Credit: ITV News Anglia

His 57-year-old wife is accused of aiding and abetting him.

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

Their counsel Ben Watson had asked Lord Justice Beatson and Mr Justice Simon to allow their claim under Article 8 of the Human Rights Act, which relates to private and family life.

He said the couple's lives had been "shattered" and that extradition would be disproportionate in the circumstances.

The Dunhams were not in court in London to hear the judges dismiss their case.

Northampton couple to appeal against US extradition

A couple from Northampton will appeal against their extradition to America at the High Court in London today.

Paul and Sandra Dunham Credit: ITV News Anglia

Paul and Sandra Dunham are accused of claiming expenses worth more than $1 million while working for an electronics firm in the US.

They claim all of their expenses were properly accounted for.

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Northampton couple facing extradition to US

A couple from Northampton are facing extradition to the United States.

Grandparents Paul and Sandra Dunham are facing civil and criminal charges which could see them spend years in a US prison cell if found guilty.

The couple are accused of fraudulently claiming expenses of more than $1 million while Paul worked as the Chief Executive of an electronics company.

Mr Dunham claims all of his expenses were properly accounted for and his expenses were approved by the founder of the company.

Paul says their lives could be ruined by an extradition system which allows British citizens to be sent to the U.S by American Courts.

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O'Dwyer: 'I'm looking forward to getting back to university'

Richard O'Dwyer said he never thought he was committing a crime. Credit: PA

Student Richard O'Dwyer said he is looking forward to returning to normality after striking a deal with US authorities over his TVShack website.

"I'm happy it's finally over," he told the BBC. "I still maintain I never thought I was committing a crime.

"I'm glad the US has decided to drop the case. It's a pity the UK wasn't able to resolve this."

He added: "I'm looking forward to getting back to university and see all my friends."

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TVShack 'earned more than £147,000'

  • Richard O'Dwyer could have faced jail if convicted of the allegations.
  • The allegations were brought following a crackdown by the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency.
  • The agency claimed the TVShack.net website earned more than $230,000 (£147,000) in advertising revenue.
  • US authorities obtained a warrant and seized the domain name in June 2010.
  • It is thought Mr O'Dwyer will return to the UK with his family today.

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O'Dwyer's mother blasts extradition rule

The UK government was happy to allow Richard's extradition to proceed, just like they have with others similarly accused of conduct in Britain, committed without ever setting foot in the US.

The Government is using a rotten law which was designed to bring fugitive offenders back to the place where a crime was committed, not for outsourcing our criminal justice system to another jurisdiction.

I feel very sorry for those people and their families who have not been as lucky as ours and who are still suffering under this rotten extradition law.

– Richard O'Dwyer's mother Julia O'Dwyer
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O'Dwyer stuck deal with US to avoid extradition

Richard O'Dwyer's deal with the US is "a first" in extradition cases, his lawyer has said.

Under the agreement, O'Dwyer must pay US authorities £20,000 and not break any US laws, "associate only with law abiding people" and work regularly in a lawful occupation.

So far as we know this is a first in extradition cases - and a sensible solution for UK defendants faced with an ever-growing extra-territorial reach of US prosecutions.

I expect this mechanism will be used by UK defendants in future US extradition cases now the precedent has been established and at least until the Government introduces the promised forum amendment into the Extradition Act 2003.

– Mr O'Dwyer's lawyer, Ben Cooper

MP is "absolutely delighted" as student avoids extradition

A student who created a website that helped people to watch films and TV shows for free has reached an agreement to avoid extradition to the US over copyright infringement allegations.

Richard O'Dwyer from Chesterfield was facing extradition after allegedly earning thousands of pounds through advertising on the TVShack website.

He's now reached an agreement that involves travelling to the US and paying compensation, but avoiding a trial. As part of their campaign he and his mother had petitioned Leicester East MP Keith Vaz, Chair of the Home Affairs Select Committee.

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