Convicted conman Patrick Spiteri was arrested yesterday afternoon following an investigation by The Sunday Times of Malta that tracked down the disgraced lawyer to a country mansion in an upmarket rural town in the UK.

Surrey and Guildford police moved in at around 3pm after being alerted to his whereabouts by this newspaper.

He was watching his favourite team Chelsea play Liverpool when the police knocked on the door. He was later found hiding under a bed.

The 50-year-old former tax law guru has been living permanently in the UK since January in a €4 million country estate set over 15 acres of land, evading the Maltese courts where he is facing eight cases linked to fraud and misappropriation charges running into several million euro.

Since October 2013, he has been presenting medical certificates that claimed he had multiple sclerosis and was unfit to travel. The man accused by many of being a con artist ended up giving himself away with a profile on dating website Europe.match.com.

Read the full details in The Sunday Times of Malta and the e-paper on timesofmalta.com Premium.

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