A BUSINESSMAN whose firm helped look for Madeleine McCann has failed in a last ditch High Court bid to escape extradition over an alleged £1.3m fraud.Kevin Halligen is now set to stand trial in the US accused of defrauding a London law firm.
It is claimed he took the money to secure the release of Dutch business executives arrested in the Ivory Coast but instead spent it on a mansion. The 49-year-old’s company, Oakley International, was employed in 2008 by Allerton-born Kate and Gerry McCann to find their three-year-old daughter, who disappeared in Praia da Luz, Portugal, in 2007. But after six months, his contract was cancelled by the Find Madeleine Fund after he delivered little to the investigation. Halligen, whose firm was based in Washington, was arrested in 2009 after months spent evading police. He was found staying at the plush Old Bank hotel in Oxfordshire, where he was known under a number of aliases.