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Felix Rooney

Third of the Joint Fraud Taskforce’s ten wanted fraudsters arrested in Scotland

A criminal wanted by police for defrauding an elderly victim who was duped into paying close to £100k in bogus building work has been arrested.

Felix Rooney, 35, was arrested by Police Scotland on 14 September in Edinburgh. He was wanted by officers from Greater Manchester Police and has since been recalled to prison.

In 2011 Rooney received a six year prison sentence for committing a number of burglaries during which he targeted and gained access into homes of elderly victims dressed as a fake Water Board man.

Rooney’s image was circulated to national and international media in July as part of a widespread appeal to identify ten suspected fraudsters wanted for committing fraud worth £20 million.

The ten fraudsters were identified through the work of the Joint Fraud Taskforce, an initiative launched by then-Home Secretary, Theresa May in February this year. The Taskforce brings together law enforcement agencies, the financial sector and Government to fight criminals who prey on the public, UK businesses and our economy.

On 20 July the first of the ten wanted individuals, ATM fraudster Marius Lucian Anton, 31, was arrested by officers in Kent as he attempted to leave the UK via the port of Dover. In August, Anton was sentenced to 14 months’ imprisonment and ordered to pay £1,092 during a Proceeds Of Crime Act Forfeiture hearing which was conducted during the same time.

On 13 September officers from the Metropolitan Police Service arrested second suspected fraudster Alex McKenzie, 33, at Heathrow airport as he disembarked a flight from San Francisco, following his identification and apprehension by the American authorities. He subsequently appeared at Uxbridge Magistrates’ Court on 14 September charged with fraud by false representation.

Appeals to trace the seven remaining fraudsters continue.